Public meeting set on Eaglecrest Master Plan

Eaglecrest's West Bowl on a March powder day.
Photo by Rosemarie Alexander

A listening session is scheduled Wednesday on the Eaglecrest Master Plan. Consultants and the Eaglecrest Board of Directors will be listening to public comments on the draft plan.

The draft is the result of studies by Juneau-based research firm McDowell Group, and the SE Group, an international mountain planning and design firm.

McDowell Group’s Jim Calvin says the master plan study team will use the public feedback in finalizing the plan.

“This is just an opportunity for people who are interested in the master plan project and the future of Eaglecrest to have one last say on the document itself and help us massage it into a final document ready for presentation first to the Eaglecrest Board of Directors and then to the Assembly,” Calvin says.

The public has been involved in the planning process since it began last year. The draft master plan is based on previous public comments, a Juneau telephone and Internet survey, and consultants’ analysis of Eaglecrest’s year around recreation and market potential.

The draft plan was released earlier this month. So far, few comments have come in, Calvin says. In addition to Wednesday’s meeting, written comments will be taken through March 30th. Click here to send a comment.

The final master plan will be used by the Eaglecrest Board of Directors to guide development of the city-owned ski area over the next 20 years.

Tomorrow’s (Wednesday) meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Assembly chambers at city hall. Eaglecrest General Manager Matt Lillard also will present a brief overview of plans to build a so-called learning center, to house the snow sports school, equipment rentals and lift ticket sales, and eventual remodeling of the existing lodge.