The Year in Review by BPD

 In Auburn 2040, Building, City Growth, City Planning

By Amy Schweitzer, Administrator, Building Planning and Development

The Department of Building, Planning & Development (BPD) gave a year-in-review report to the Common Council tonight, highlighting what was a record year in many ways.

Highlights from 2020 include:

  • 1,261 permits with a reported value just shy of $60 million. The number of permits is up about 5% from 2019, but the reported value—more than double from last year—is a record for the City of Auburn. That increase is largely attributed to Astral Senior Living Center ($27.5 million), though, even without the senior center, it was an excellent year with regard to reported value.
  • Significant growth in institutional development. The reported value of institutional improvements* was almost $40 million. By comparison, investment in residential improvements remained consistent, and commercial investment was low in 2020—likely due to impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on that industry.

  • Consistent growth of new residential dwelling units. While new single-family home construction permits have remained consistent over the last four years, the report values/construction costs increased. Additionally, all new units were located on the east side of Auburn or in the City’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction.
  • Expanded TIF district. The expansion of the TIF District to include downtown Auburn is a monumental step in the continual revitalization of downtown.
  • Launch of Auburn 2040 comprehensive plan. Nearly 850 participants gave input in our online surveys about how they’d like to see Auburn developed in another 20 years. We anticipate the completion and adoption of Auburn 2040: The Road Ahead this year.

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Our Focus

At BPD, we aim to foster exemplary growth and quality of place. We do that by ensuring safe, code-compliant construction and facilitating the development and redevelopment process while implementing a comprehensive long-term community vision. If we can assist you, please contact our office at 260.925.6449 or

*Improvements requiring permits and/or City approvals


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