Final comments due today on ski area master plan

Written comments are due today (Friday) on the draft Eaglecrest Master Plan.

The public comments will be considered as consultants finalize the plan that’s intended to guide the board of directors – with its changing membership — over the next 20 years.

The plan has been in the works since last year – and it includes public input from a focus group, a borough-wide telephone survey, an Internet survey, two public meetings and written comments.

Wayne Stevens chairs the seven-member board.

“I think the board has been very clear in trying to get as broad a perspective of the community before we try to make decisions on where we’re going,” Stevens said at Wednesday’s final public meeting on the plan.

Because Eaglecrest is owned and operated by the city and borough of Juneau, Stevens says the board has to be cognizant of all the interests in the facility. But the board also answers to the Juneau Assembly, which approves an annual subsidy.

He says the board has set the goal of 70 percent cost recovery for the ski area.

“Recognizing that the libraries, the pools, ice rink don’t reach that level, it’s still important to do that,” he says. “We have a lot of ideas presented (in the plan) and we certainly are looking forward to the opportunity to discuss those further and make sure that we truly build a community facility that enhances the ability of all citizens to use the facility on a year-around basis, recognizing that it is a winter sports facility.”

Once the final master plan is in place, the board will present it to the city Assembly.

Click here to make last minute written comments on the plan.

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