Assembly approves zone changes to spur housing

An ordinance to increase residential density in Juneau has passed the Assembly.

It adds 10 feet to the height limits of buildings in light commercial, general commercial and mixed-use zoning districts. It also reduces minimum lots sizes in mixed-use zones.

The changes are intended to spur construction of more affordable housing in Juneau.

Juneau contractor Bill Heumann told the Assembly last night (Monday) that more zone changes could be made to increase housing, including on waterfront lots.

“I think there’s other areas that warrant the same kind of attention that’s been given to these zoning districts that are being addressed,” Heumann said.

The Assembly also directed the city manager look at other possible changes to residential density in Juneau.

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