On Monday, the city of Auburn officially launched the Auburn 2040 initiative to bring together residents to help shape what the future of the community will look like.
Residents can sign up to be a part of eight community teams that will pore over, research and discuss a number of issues that will ultimately lead to recommendations that will be included in a plan similar to the Auburn 2000 plan, which residents helped craft in the 1980s. The last long-term strategic plan, Auburn 2020, was adopted by the City Council in 1998.
The community teams will cover education; transportation, public safety; intergovernmental; growth and development; utilities, environment and technology; citizen engagement; and family and community.
Residents can submit their top three team choices, but may not serve on more than one team.
To sign up for a team, go to www.auburnalabama.org/2040. The sign-up period ends March 20. Updates will be provided on the city's Facebook, Instragram and Twitter accounts.
After selections are finalized for teams, the 2040 process will kick off at 9 a.m. on April 18. Teams will meet a minimum of two to three times per month throughout the summer, and offer recommended goals to the City Council in September. The City Council is expected to consider the finalized Auburn 2040 plan for adoption in December.
The city has been working toward the 2040 plan process for years. Auburn Mayor Ron Anders emphasized the importance of the 2040 plan frequently during his campaign in 2018.
"When you talk about transparency, there's not a more transparent opportunity than for the community and the citizens of this town to come together, sit on a committee, dig in hard, study a subject, debate it, agree on it, build a consensus for a plan that directs your community for 20 years," he said during a wide-ranging interview with The Villager in 2018.
2020 Census invitations
Auburn residents will soon begin receiving postcards from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.
The postcards will arrive in mailboxes between March 12-20. All households are required to fill out a census form.