Council to check out plan for Kenai library

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Kenai residents are expected to get a first look tonight at plans for an expanded Kenai Community Library.

Peter Klauder, of Klauder and Company Architects Inc., is slated to make a 30-minute proposed library expansion presentation during the Kenai City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

In January, then acting City Manager Chuck Kopp said the library, which was built in 1976 and doubled in size in 1986, could expand upward, adding a second story to the existing building on Main Street Loop, or outward.

On Tuesday, City Manager Rick Koch said the current site might have some parking requirements that would not be met if the library were expanded there.

The city council also is expected to take another look at a proposed landscaping and site plan ordinance.

Council members objected to several provisions in the proposed ordinance as it was first presented in March.

The city administration made some recommended changes, including requiring that a landscaping plan be submitted for approval before clearing land or cutting down trees “where such removal will result in less than 15 percent of the lot area having existing trees, shrubs or natural vegetation cover.”

When the ordinance was first presented, it did not contain the 15 percent clause.

The new version of the proposed ordinance also amends paving requirements for commercial development projects in an area between Evergreen Drive and McCollum Drive-Tinker Lane.

When originally considered, the area included the entire length of Bridge Access Road to Kalifornsky Beach Road. The new map area stops just short of the Beaver Loop intersection with Bridge Access.

The council also is scheduled to consider rezoning the Ballfield Subdivision, where the city plans to build new soccer fields, from rural residential to recreation.

Koch said the rezone is a “housekeeping measure” to eliminate an existing split zone of the property.

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