Owners of the Honsinger Pond property want to change the designation to Industrial, General Commercial, and Resource Development. View Honsinger Pond in a larger map.
The CBJ assembly will hear an appeal of a Planning Commission decision to not amend the Comprehensive Plan Map. The appeal was filed by Bicknell, Inc., owners of the 83-acre Honsinger Pond property near the Juneau Airport.
The former gravel extraction site is now a popular spot for water fowl. The property is surrounded by Egan Drive to the north and south, and the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge on the south and west
The site is currently designated as Resource Development in the 2008 Comprehensive Plan. Bicknell, Inc. requested an amendment to the Plan by changing the current designation to a mix of Industrial, General Commercial, and Resource Development.
The Planning Commission denied the request by Bicknell, Inc. at a hearing in April and issued a Notice of Decision in May. The appeal asks for the Planning Commission decision to be reversed and the amendment to the Plan approved.
At last night’s regular meeting, the assembly voted to accept and hear the appeal. Assembly member Mary Becker will serve as presiding officer.
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