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.
- Mayor Ken Koelsch, Debbie White and Mary Becker opposed it. Deputy Mayor Jerry Nankervis was on a scratchy phone connection and did not respond to the roll call to vote.
- The proposal for a 130-unit high-rise apartment building to be built over a downtown city parking lot has alarmed some community members. But city officials say there is no final plan and closure of the deal is still months away.
- “Things have to have an endpoint to it, or they have to have something that keeps directing you, telling you that you’re in the right area,” said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
- The Department of the Interior announced today that 29 local Alaska governments would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.