Title 21 on tap for Anchorage Assembly

Public hearing set for Jan. 15


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The Anchorage Assembly will hold a public hearing on the Title 21 rewrite Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The rewrite of the Municipal land use code, complete with the Title 21 committee’s recommended changes, was introduced to the Assembly on Dec. 18, 2012.

Chugiak Assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander said the Title 21 committee, which she chairs, has completed work on the entire rewrite except Chapter 10, which pertains specifically to the Chugiak-Eagle River area. Ossiander said she worked through the holidays and hoped to have Chapter 10 finished by this week.

“New Year’s Eve, I didn’t go to a party,” she said.

Ossiander said she has been in frequent contact with the Consortium of Chugiak-Eagle River Community Councils — which submitted Chapter 10 to the Assembly on March 8, 2011 — along with Planning Department staff trying to finish it prior to the hearing.

“There’s only two things left on Chapter 10,” Ossiander said Monday, Jan. 7.

The rest of Title 21, most of which has already been provisionally adopted by the Assembly, can be viewed at the Muni’s website (www.muni.org/Departments/Assembly/Pages/AssembyTitle21Committee.aspx)

As of Tuesday (Jan. 8) afternoon, work on Chapter 10 had yet to be finished. It will be posted online immediately after approval, Ossiander said.

Planning and Zoning (PNZ) left Chapter 10 for last as it completed work on the rest of the 13 chapters in the 600-page document.

Originally, staff comments were supposed to be prepared by Aug. 8, 2011. PNZ said it wanted to address Chapter 10 last because it’s based on the Title 21 rewrite, adding amendments to the way it’s worded. An influx of new staff members also attributed to the delay, PNZ said.

Now that PNZ and the Title 21 committee have made their recommendations, the Assembly can make its own amendments before voting on a final version.

With the end of her term nearing, Ossiander — who’s been working on Title 21 for nearly a decade — said the finish line is near. But she isn’t going to celebrate until the Assembly passes Title 21.

“It’s moving. It looks real,” Ossiander said. “I’ve still got my fingers crossed.”

Ossiander said she plans to hold at least one more public hearing on Title 21.

The meeting is set for Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. in the Assembly chambers at Anchorage’s Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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