Plans & Projects

The City of Auburn Department of Economic & Community Development oversees several plans and projects. This includes completed studies that provide guidance in the planning process, as well as pending studies and development efforts.

Comprehensive Plan

The 2010 update of the city's comprehensive plan serves as a guide for the decisions the city must make about growth, development and change over the next decade. The plan continues the city's established long-range planning process, and creates a framework for managing future development. In many cases, the recommendations of the 2010 plan continue the basic policy directions set by the previou plan. In other cases, the 2010 plan addresses emerging issues or provides a fresh look at ongoing issues.
Status: In use as a guide for the city. Presented to City Council April 2011.

Study to Support and Enhance Auburn’s Agricultural and Resource Sector

Rural Auburn has a unique Agricultural and Resource Protection (AGRP) zoning district, which has been in place since the early 1960’s that contains over 40% of the city’s land area, or over 20,000 acres. The purpose and intent of the AGRP zoning regulations has been to manage development and to promote food, agricultural, timber and natural resource production and uses. The AGRP zoning regulations have significantly restricted development for the last 50 plus years. Today however, the nature and trends of farming and food production have drastically changed. In response, Auburn desires to strengthen its natural resource-based economy (farming, timber, food businesses, etc) and better integrate this sector into community planning and City-wide priorities. In order to do so, the City requires a better understanding rural land owner needs and goals; the identification of opportunities for additional support and/or investment, and greater understanding of existing barriers and potential solutions and strategies. Status: Underway as of December 2017.

New Auburn Village Center Plan

This plan focuses on the in-town area of New Auburn, proposing multiple phases of improvements to the riverfront between Mill and Broad streets. Status: Concept outlined as part of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan update; implementation plan completed in 2016. Implementation is underway.


This is the Auburn Downtown Master Plan, created in 1998, which outlines the city’s goals and objectives for the downtown as well as a five-year implementation strategy.
Status: In use as development guide for downtown vision. 

Joint Land Use Study for Mt. Apatite Recreation Area

The Joint Land Use Study between Mount Apatite Recreation Area and the Maine Army National Guard Training Facility located off Garfield Road in Auburn seeks to ensure the continued operational utility of the military installation and to support the appropriate public uses of the Mount Apatite Recreation area now and in the future, via amendments to the comprehensive plan and land use ordinance.
Status: Presented to City Council in June 2014. 

Barker Mill Dam Relicensing

The Barker Mill Dam, which uses the Little Androscoggin River to generate power, is due for its license renewal from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This process takes place every 30 to 50 years and the city is interested in promoting the goals of the New Auburn Master Plan and Comprehensive Plan through the licensing process. The current license expires in 2019. There is a strong interest in recreation within the project boundaries and the New Auburn Master Plan Identifies increased river access as Recreation Goal #1. 
Status: Comment period ended January 2017. License renewal under consideration as of October 2017.