The CBJ assembly is on its way to adopting an updated comprehensive plan. During last night’s committee of the whole meeting, Community Development Director Hal Hart introduced the new update, which has been in the works since 2011. The document contains 123 policies that guide and direct public and private land activities within the CBJ.
Hart says most of the changes are technical and are found in the chapters on housing, economic development, energy, transportation, land use maps, and utilities. Sections of the plan were substantially rewritten by the Affordable Housing Commission and the Juneau Economic Development Committee.
Between the 2008 plan and the current update, Hart says significant changes have been made to maximum residential density making it easier for developers to put more units in certain areas, “We’ve said where you have sewer and water and the kinds of things that support growth, you can get a little higher density.”
This is the first time the Assembly is seeing the update. Hart plans to work with the body in interpreting the changes, especially to the chapters on housing, economic development, and energy.
- Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers, affecting two in five executive branch workers.
- The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.
- One of the Sealaska regional Native corporation’s longest-serving leaders is stepping down. Rosita Worl says she will not run for another term after 30 years on the board.
- President Donald Trump’s budget outline calls for eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA has been a frequent target of Republicans, but U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski supports the endowment, and Tuesday she won the 2017 Congressional Arts Leadership Award.