Juneau to file annexation petition

Juneau will file a petition with the Local Boundary Commission to annex lands proposed for a Petersburg borough.

The Assembly voted last night (Monday) to challenge Peterburg’s plan to incorporate an area previously identified for annexation to the City and Borough of Juneau. It includes all the territory from the southern CBJ boundary and east to the Canadian border; the Tracy Arm / Ford’s Terror Wilderness and Endicott Arm as well as Holkam, Windham and Hobart bays.

Thirty-thousand acres at Hobart Bay are owned by Goldbelt, Juneau’s Native Corporation.

Juneau previously did not file to annex the area, in deference to Goldbelt, which had said it preferred not to be in any borough.

The corporation says it’s currently neutral on the Petersburg petition. The Goldbelt Board of Directors is to decide its borough preference over the next couple of months.

There was no discussion last night on the Assembly’s resolution to file the annexation petition. It calls for all or a portion of the lands on the mainland south of Juneau’s southern boundary that were recommended years ago as a model borough.

October 26 is the deadline for filing competing petitions and opposing briefs with the Local Boundary Commission.