Community Development Department

The Community Development Department strives to strengthen the City's position as a thriving global business center, while working closely with our neighborhoods to enhance the vitality and livability of the community for Auburn Hills' citizens.  Whether you plan to build your corporate headquarters here or renovate your home, our staff will walk you through the City's permitting processes step by step.  It's our mission to eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic red tape, explain the City's policies and ordinances, help you meet your construction deadlines, and ultimately exceed your expectations.

As the proud home of Stellantis NV North American Headquarters, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Oakland University, and over 80 international corporations, our staff has experience assisting projects of all sizes and complexity.

Our Department consists of an experienced team of professionals representing five integrated divisions: Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Building Services, and Code Enforcement.  

Contact Information
City of Auburn Hills
Community Development
1827 N. Squirrel Road
Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326

Business Hours:
Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 248-364-6900
Fax: 248-364-6939

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Steven J. Cohen,  AICP
Director of Community Development                    

Steve has been with the City of Auburn Hills since October 1999.  As Director of Community Development, he leads a team of professionals in the fields of economic development, building safety, land use planning, and code enforcement.  He is nationally certified as a city planner and has received both Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.  He is a member of the Michigan Association of Planning and the American Planning Association.  Steve leads the City’s development review team which is nationally known for its efficiency and emphasis on customer service.  He has over 29 years of municipal planning and management experience.
Staff Contact Information:  

Devin M.  Lang

Construction Coordinator /
Assistant to the Director of Community Development

Shawn Keenan
City Planner
Christy Worrell 

Stephanie L. Carroll
Economic Development Manager

Gabriella Allen

Jeffrey A. Spencer
Building Official

Jack Skinner
Code Enforcement Officer

Rick Oberlin

Building Inspector


Hector Ortiz
Code Enforcement Officer


City Trade Inspectors Contact Information:

Brian Claycomb 
Mechanical Inspector
Phone: 248-830-9005

Bill Hyder
Electrical Inspector 
Phone: 248-866-3373

Tom Katich
Plumbing Inspector
Phone: 248-343-2012