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The Town of Auburn encourages and promotes involvement by residents in the decision-making process through participation in a variety of boards and commissions. Serving on a board or commission can be a rewarding experience and an excellent way to contribute to the quality of life of the community in which you live or work. We rely greatly on the interest and involvement of those volunteers who seek a more active role in the functioning of their local government.
Interested in learning more about Auburn’s boards or committees or becoming a member? Please view current board vacancies below, or visit the Town of Auburn website, Board and Committee page for a full list of boards and commissions:
The Planning Board is responsible for guiding development of land and growth within the Town of Auburn, in accordance with the Zoning Bylaws, Subdivision Regulations, and professional guidance of various town departments. This includes Site Plan Review, ANR Plans, and Special Permits for commercial and residential developments and subdivisions.
The Planning Board consists of five full members, plus one associate member who participates in all matters before the Board in a non-voting capacity, unless a full member is not in attendance or unable to vote in accordance with State law. The Board meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm.
The Commission on Disability researches local problems of people with disabilities, advises and assists municipal officials and employees in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities, coordinates or carries out programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts Office on Disability, reviews and makes recommendations about policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities of departments, boards and agencies of the Town as they affect people with disabilities, provides information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, businesses and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability, and coordinates activities of other local groups organized for similar purposes.
A majority of the five Commission members shall consist of people with disabilities; one member shall be a member of the immediate family of a person with a disability and one member of shall be either an elected or appointed official of the Town of Auburn. Commission members are appointed by the Town Manager, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen and meet one time per month.
The mission of the Auburn Council on Aging is to link elder needs and resources by developing and/or coordinating services, community education and advocacy. The Auburn Council on Aging enhances the quality of life of Auburn’s senior population by assisting in identifying the needs of elders and making recommendations to the Town Manager on programs, services and policies that benefit and meet the needs of this demographic group. The Council recommends and assists in the coordination and implementation of a continuum of programs and services that are offered for elders, through the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center. The Council on Aging is a nine member commission appointed by the Town Manager for three year terms. The Council meets approximately four times annually.
The mission of the Zoning By-Law Review Committee is to review the Town’s current Zoning By-Laws and make recommendations to the Planning Board for revisions, amendments, and other factors or issues, which the Committee and town administration identifies as pertinent. The Committee will work with the following to continuously submit amendments and/or draft bylaw proposals for Town meeting consideration: Master Plan Committee, Planning Board, Select Board, Town Administration, Town Manager, and Town Planner. The Zoning By-law Review Committee is an advisory committee appointed by the Town Manager and meets approximately 4 times annually,
The Auburn Cultural Council is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and strives to distribute allocated monies and create venues for a wide variety of arts and science endeavors that will benefit all residents of Auburn. The Cultural Council meets on the first Wednesday of every month and members are appointed by the Town Manager.
The Solid Waste Advisory Committee typically meets once a month on Thursdays, mostly in the mornings 9AM or a bit later at 11AM, and the meetings usually last 1.5 to 2 hours. It is a three-member committee. Anyone who has an interest in solid waste or recycling is welcome, the members share a passion for reuse, repurpose and recycle and finding ways to decrease trash in order to save the town money and ensure environmental sustainability.