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Reader: Are we no longer welcome in Old Town?

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2007

This letter is in regards to the article in Monday’s paper (April 9) about proposed rezoning in the city of Kenai. Seventy-nine percent of affected properties are apartments and private residences, most in or within walking distance of Old Town Kenai. All apartments and private homes will go from being “permitted” to “nonconforming.”

What this means is that there can be no alterations to homes, apartments or property unless a variance is granted from planning and zoning.

Private residences in the Central Commercial Zone already suffer from economic obsolescence. What will happen to property values if rezoned to Central Mixed Use? If property values decline will property taxes go down?

Marilyn Kebschull stated in the Peninsula Clarion that she doesn’t think people in the Central Commercial Zone realize they are not protected.

I would say to her that gas stations are allowed in the current zone, and they are allowed in the proposed rezone.

Private home and apartment owners are protected and permitted in the current zone and will not be protected and be considered “nonconforming” in the proposed zone.

Many of us have lived in this neighborhood for more than 30 years. Apparently now we are being told we are no longer welcome.

I encourage affected property owners to read all restrictions that will be placed on their property if rezoned to CMU and attend the planning and zoning meeting April 25 to voice their opposition to the proposed rezone ordinance.

Kathryn Tomrdle

Kenai



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