Here is a brief update on the Heritage Land Bank Chugiak-Eagle River Site Specific Land Use Plan Update (“Carol Creek Plan”):
The draft plan was presented to the Heritage Land Bank Advisory Commission at their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, November 10, as Resolution 2016-16. HLBAC held a public hearing about the plan and received verbal and written public testimony about the plan, primarily in opposition to the proposed density of residential housing that would be allowed on Tract 1. HLBAC closed public testimony and tabled the resolution until its following meeting.
In the interim weeks, additional written public testimony was received, primarily in opposition to the plan as written. The Chugiak Community Council held a special meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2016. While scheduling conflicts did not permit HLB staff to participate, Agnew::Beck Consulting staff members attended and presented a status update and summary of the plan, including an alternative proposal for a lower maximum number of housing units allowed to be built on Tract 1. The council passed a resolution in opposition to the plan as written.
The Heritage Land Bank Advisory Commission took up Resolution 2016-16 again at their Thursday, December 8, 2016 meeting and re-opened the public hearing, hearing verbal testimony again from some residents against the plan. HLBAC considered an S-version (substitute version) of the draft plan which stated that no more than 359 housing units could be developed on Tract 1, instead of the 518 units that would be allowed under the proposed density range and future zoning classification. The S-version of the resolution passed unanimously, approving the plan as modified to be sent on for additional review.
As with all land use plans in the Municipality of Anchorage, the draft plan update must be reviewed and approved by the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission (P&ZC), then ultimately adopted by the Anchorage Assembly, at which point it supercedes the original plan and is part of the Chugiak-Eagle River Comprehensive Plan. The next step is to schedule this plan for a public hearing with the Planning and Zoning Commission, likely to be winter or early spring of 2017. We will send an update when this item has been scheduled on an upcoming P&ZC agenda. The plan draft will be updated to reflect the changes made in 2016-16(S) and a new version posted here when it is available.
HLB Resolution 2016-16 to approve the plan update, introduced November 10, 2016 by the Heritage Land Bank Advisory Commission
HLB Resolution 2016-16(S) – substitute version – with reduction in total number of allowed housing units on Tract 1, approved by unanimous vote of the Heritage Land Bank Advisory Commission and executed December 8
Presentation given by Agnew::Beck Consulting at December 1 special meeting of Chugiak Community Council