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Auburn Planning Commission gets new member

Public safety trend continues
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn Planning Commission is replacing two of its commissioners, with one’s replacement already appointed and the other still being sought.

Typically a group with much continuity, the tenures of Alan Young and Bob Snyder ending means it will likely have some new voices, said Will Wong, community development director.

Each City Councilmember appoints a planning commissioner, and Keith Nesbitt, who along with Dr. Bill Kirby was re-elected to the council by defeating challenger Gary Moffat for the two open seats, selected Roger Luebkeman.

Luebkeman’s background is as a police officer, with knowledge in the information technology and traffic mitigation realms, Nesbitt said.

“He’ll maintain that public safety approach as my appointee, and his concentration on traffic mitigation I think will be a huge asset to our planning commission,” Nesbitt said at Monday’s City Council meeting where it approved the appointment.

Luebkeman replaces Young, whose public safety background included time as a fire fighter.

“I like the idea that we’re keeping a public safety person on the commission, because I think we have a lot of input that we can add to any projects that we do here in the city,” Young said.

Kirby said Monday there had only been two applicants to fill the other vacancy on the commission, and that he’s hoping more will toss their names in.

The planning commission’s role varies by municipality, but Auburn’s has some of the greatest responsibilities in the state, Wong said. They have final authority on land use issues, unless they are appealed and then go to the council, he said.