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Auburn Mayor Ron Anders announced last week that Auburn 2040, the community-wide planning initiative, has been put on pause in light of rising COVID-19 cases in the area.
As a citizen-led initiative, the Auburn 2040 planning process heavily relies on rich conversation and discussion among team members, which is difficult to attain virtually.
“It’s with great disappointment that we make this announcement,” Anders said. “I believe that the very best plan that we can present to our community derives from in-person conversation, debate and idea-sharing, not through virtual means. I believe that waiting until we can resume safe, in-person meetings is best.”
All planned Auburn 2040 meetings have been canceled. Future updates will be shared at auburnalabama.org/2040 and through the City’s Auburn 2040 eNotifier.
“Some teams have yet to meet, and even our most active teams have only met twice,” Anders said. “Now is the time to pause this process to ensure that, when it is finally complete, all voices are heard and it truly reflects community vision for Auburn’s future.”