Bob Hayes: Public engagement process needed for Auburn neighborhoods

For Auburn, Form Base Planning was aptly implemented in the mid-2010s.

The focus was on the town centre, that is, from the river to Goff Hill. Acceptable and effective FB codes resulted from a public engagement process. It took time, involving professionally commented walks, public discussions and consensus on the vision.

Auburn is now attempting to re-identify “UR” (urban area) areas with an FB code borrowed from the downtown process. As written, the code and its regulations do not correspond to the almost exclusively residential “UR” area. There must be another PEP to allow existing residential neighborhoods to be uniquely recognized by their age, condition, character, features, etc.

Throughout the process, residents can actually help City staff and the Planning Board develop the appropriate code(s). As a resident, I would love to be one of many residents to help maintain and improve Auburn’s residential neighborhoods. Thereby:

Identify our neighborhoods by name.

Let’s characterize our neighborhoods by functionality.


Let’s compare the commonalities and differences between the neighborhoods.

Let’s review and develop code that appropriately reflects the rules of acceptable use and dimensions.

To date, the current effort to erase “UR” and apply “T-4.2” has been confusing and frustrating. It has been said (Mary Madden and Joel Russell,, December 5, 2014) that “In suburban areas…CBFs are generally not appropriate…to maintain existing suburban development patterns, suburban-style zoning…is usually a suitable tool. to maintain them. »

So, let’s apply the necessary process and avoid more haste and future waste.

Bob Hayes, Auburn


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