Meeting of Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board set

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 11:06

Star staff report

Last Thursday, Jan. 26, the Federation of Community Councils announced a meeting of the Eagle River Advisory Board will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 in the Eagle River Town Center Building (12000 Business Boulevard). The meeting was called after the Chugiak Community Council voted to formally join the Eagle River Community Council in requesting a meeting of the board to discuss the Heritage Land Bank Advisory Commission’s proposal to revise land use rules in a subdivision located roughly between the McDonald Center and Fred Meyer in Eagle River.

The advisory board is made up of representatives from each of the area’s six community councils. The board can make recommendations to the municipality’s Planning and Zoning Board and was specifically put in place to deal with land use issues under the municipality’s revised Title 21, Chapter 10 rules. Chapter 10 deals with Chugiak-Eagle River issues.

The proposal by the HLB’s advisory commission has riled up Chugiak-Eagle River residents, who have so far been opposed to allowing for a higher density in the area that is currently allowed. The Chugiak council has written a resolution in opposition to the proposal (which still must receive Planning and Zoning approval and the approval of the Anchorage Assembly) that has been since been adopted by the Birchwood and Eagle River Valley councils. The Eagle River council hasn’t offered an official viewpoint, but its members did support a full meeting of the advisory board to further discuss the issue.

The land in question is on the Chugiak side of the community council boundary but borders the Eagle River side of the line.

The Heritage Land Bank is a department of the municipality. Its stated mission is “to manage uncommitted municipal land and the Heritage Land Bank fund in a manner designed to benefit the present and future citizens of Anchorage, promote orderly development, and achieve the goals of the competitive plan.” Made up of about 10,000 acres of property, HLB land includes about a quarter of the muni’s land holdings, according to the municipality.

The 2010 “Carol Creek Site Specific Plan” calls for the 92-acre parcel to be divided into a maximum 125 residential units. The HLB advisory commission wants to change the rules to allow for as many as 335.

During its meeting, the advisory board will also talk about the potential rezone in Eklutna Valley for the new Ernie Turner Rehab Center as well as hear a presentation from the municipal planning department.

Here’s the agenda for the Feb. 11 meeting released last week:

1. The city is considering changing the rules for development on steep slopes. The planning department wants our opinion and will give a presentation.

2. The potential rezone for the new Ernie Turner Rehab Center to be built in Eklutna Valley.

3. Chugiak Council would like us to talk about the HLB plan for the area behind the MAC Center.

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