Committee seeks temporary halt to waterfront growth

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A committee has asked that there be a temporary halt to waterfront development until the Juneau Waterfront Development Plan has been completed.

The city hired the Florida-based consulting firm of Bermello, Ajamil & Partners to create a long-range waterfront development plan for the waterfront area between the bridge and the smaller of the two rock dumps along Thane Road south of downtown.

If adopted by the Juneau Assembly, the plan will guide the development of Juneau's waterfront for the next 20 years.

This week the Juneau Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee asked the Juneau Assembly for a moratorium on the permitting and developing of all intertidal, subtidal and near-shore projects between the Douglas Bridge and the little rock dump until the plan has been completed.

A rough draft of the plan is expected by early September, and the Assembly hopes to have adopted the plan by the end of the year, said Assembly member Jeannie Johnson.

Members of the committee worry that ''the waterfront integrity is being compromised without the (waterfront development) plan being adopted,'' said Alex Lukshin, chairman of the committee. The committee requested the Assembly pass an ordinance to officially establish the moratorium.

Although no developers are in the process of acquiring permits for projects on the waterfront, nothing would prevent the city from issuing permits for minor waterfront projects while the development plan is being drafted, said Dale Pernula, director of the city's Community Development Department.

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