Auke Bay planning begins

Roundabout construction at Auke Bay. Photo by Rosemarie Alexander/KTOO.

The city is looking for citizen input on the future of Auke Bay.

A survey is already underway and the first in a series of planning meetings starts Tuesday.

The city and borough development department will hold two sessions this week where residents can stop by, hear what’s going on, ask questions and register their ideas and concerns.

Senior planner Ben Lyman says CBJ staff assigned to the project are  in listening mode.

“We want to be hearing what the community wants out of this planning process; what they want for the future of Auke Bay. We do have some direction in our  Comprehensive  Plan that was adopted in 2008 by the CBJ  Assembly, but we need to flesh that out  and make sure that we as staff are looking at the right geographic area,” he said. “Are we just looking at the core of Auke Bay, or a larger are that would include maybe Auke Lake, Fritz Cove Road and out to Auke Rec?   Where exactly are the parameters and what does the community hope to get out of this process?”

Tuesday’s meeting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the UAS Glacier View Room in the Egan Library, with a presentation at the top of each hour so people can come and go.  A similar meeting will be held Saturday at UAS with presentations at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., also in the Glacier View Room.

An Auke Bay steering committee will be appointed in November.  Lyman says more public meetings will be scheduled over the coming months with a draft plan due later in 2014.

Major changes are already underway in the Auke Bay village area, where the state Transportation Department is building a roundabout, a new boat launch and parking facility are planned for Statter Harbor, and the elementary school is undergoing renovation.

Click here for more information on the Auke Bay planning process.

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