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Snyder stepping down from Auburn Planning Commission

But former Auburn City Councilman said he expects to stay active in community affairs
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Bob Snyder has tendered his resignation from the Auburn Planning Commission, after two stints of service on the board that sandwiched a term on the Auburn City Council. Snyder, 72, said that after close to four years on the planning panel, he felt it was time for “new blood” on the board and, for him, a move to “trim the sails.” He’s expected to serve until a replacement can be named. Snyder was appointed to the commission four years ago on a City Council vote after being recommended for the post by Councilman Bill Kirby. Tuesday’s 3½-hour Planning Commission meeting was lengthy but Snyder remained engaged to the end, speaking forcefully as he advocated allowing mobile food trucks in Downtown Auburn. While being on the minority side of the vote – which is recommending banning mobile food trucks on private lots in the Downtown and Old Town historic districts – Snyder said he is leaving the commission with no ill feelings. Snyder – who was on the City Council from 2004 to 2008 – said he’ll leave the door open to serving the community in other ways and suggested an announcement on a new role could be imminent. Before his term on the City Council, with a background in building and real estate, Snyder served an initial term on the Planning Commission. He’s the husband of Stephanie Snyder, who is running against incumbent Joe Labrie for the city clerk post. Snyder said no health issues were guiding his decision. “But when you’re 72, you start to slow down and you’re not as driven as you are when you’re 30 or 40,” Snyder said. “I’m not sick and tired of what I’ve been doing but have started trimming the sails. I’ve done this a long time.” Snyder said that he initially agreed to serve for a year as a planning commissioner when asked by Kirby. The decision to leave has been on his mind for about a year, he said. “Now it’s been almost four years,” Snyder said. “It’s getting to the point where I want to do a little less. I’m still going to be involved but not on the Planning Commission.” Kirby said he initially chose Snyder as his Planning Commission nominee because he felt his experience and background would provide a stabilizing presence on the planning group. “He’s done a very good job on the board,” Kirby said. Kirby said he would open the post up to applications but would wait until after the Nov. 6 election for a nomination to proceed to the City Council for a vote. In the meantime, Kirby said he’s confident Snyder will remain on the board until a successor is selected. He estimates that there will be at least one more meeting of the Planning Commission before the Nov. 6 election. Kirby said Snyder had approached him to see if they could advertise for a replacement and was advised that the city needed an official resignation before it could move ahead with the selection process. Alan Young, Fred Vitas, Matt Spokely and Worthington are the other planning commissioners.