Chapter 10 to be discussed

Municipal land use code topic of meeting


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After 16 months since being introduced, Anchorage Planning Department staff will finally share comments on a Chugiak-Eagle River-specific chapter to the municipal land use code rewrite.

Chapter 10, as well as final revisions to the rest of Title 21, will be discussed at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Monday, July 9 in the Assembly chambers at Loussac Library at 6:30 p.m.

It will serve as the second public hearing on Chapter 10. The first was held in Eagle River in late July 2011.

The Consortium of Chugiak-Eagle River Community Councils drafted Chapter 10, and it was submitted to the Assembly on March 8, 2011.

Staff comments were supposed to be prepared for the commission meeting Aug. 8, 2011. But, Chapter 10 has been on the back burner as Planning and Zoning (PNZ) completed work on the rest of the 13 chapters in the 600-page document.

PNZ cited an influx of new staff as one reason for the delay. PNZ also 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.

Since staff hadn’t reviewed Chapter 10, the second public hearing — originally scheduled for Dec. 12, 2011 — was also postponed.

Senior planner David Tremont said Planning Department staff are now working on Chapter 10, and their report should be posted online this week at http://www.muni.org/departments/ocpd/planning/pages/default.aspx. Information on the Title 21 rewrite and Chapter 10 is also available on that site.

Hard copies of the staff report will be available at the commission meeting, Tremont said.

Whether residents are in favor or opposed to having a separate chapter for Chugiak-Eagle River, Consortium President Randy McCain said it’s important the public share their opinion at the meeting.

“My goal is to have a good turnout,” he said. “My interest is making sure that the community is involved.”

Once PNZ has made its recommendations, Assembly chair Debbie Ossiander’s Title 21 committee will present the final version to the Assembly for a vote. The Assembly has already provisionally adopted most of Title 21.

 

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

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