Comp plan needs public input

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2004

A year-old project to update the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Comprehensive Plan has a reached another point at which the process needs public input.

A draft of the updated version will be presented in a series of public meetings between Oct. 11 and 29, where the rewrite team will give an overview of the update process and present key findings, goals, objectives and plan implementation actions.

Meetings are planned for in the communities of Anchor Point, Clam Gulch-Kasilof, Cooper Landing, Kachemak Bay-Homer, Hope, Kenai, Moose Pass, Ninilchik, Nikiski, Seldovia, Seward, Soldotna and Sterling.

"The updated plan will better guide borough staff and help support future decisions made by the assembly and the planning commission. It will also be a tool for helping unincorporated communities re-solve issues and secure funding for projects," spokesperson Crista Cady-Hippchen said in a press release Wednesday.

The plan guides borough decisions and activities by providing a detailed description of conditions in the borough, Cady-Hippchen said. The update is based on research and collected information with input from borough staff, state, federal and local agencies and citizens.

Also reflected in the draft are the results of public meetings and surveys conducted last fall and winter.

Among the issues to be addressed in the plan are jobs and business support, land-use regulation, natural resources, senior services, tourism and the economy, commercial and sport fishing, education, environmental protection, fire and emergency services and transportation.

The update project has entailed no real surprises, said Matt Hastie, consultant team leader with Cogan Owens Cogan, which is under contract to produce the new document.

"The project is going pretty well, and we've been preparing the updated draft for the last couple of months," he said Thursday.

The upcoming round of public meetings will be the last held in the various communities. However, there will be future work sessions and public hearings held before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission and assembly and those will be open to the public.

The deadline for completion and adoption of the new plan is May.

Copies of the draft plan will be available in public libraries and borough and city offices by Friday. It also will be available at the project Web site.

Meeting Schedule

Clam Gulch-Kasilof

6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12

Tustumena Elementary

Mile 110 Sterling Hwy.

Cooper Landing

7 p.m. Oct. 13

C.L. Community Hall

Mile 1 Bean Creek Rd.

Sterling

6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14

Sterling Elementary

Mile 83.5 Sterling Hwy.

Soldotna-Kenai

6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15

Borough Building

144 N. Binkley, Soldotna

Nikiski

10 a.m. to noon Oct. 16

Nikiski High

Old Nikiski Beach Road

Kachemak Bay-Homer

6:30 to 9 p.m.

McNeil Canyon School

52188 East End Road

Anchor Point

6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19

Visitors Info. Center

Mile 156 Sterling Hwy.

Seldovia

6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20

Community Center

260 Seldovia St.

Hope

6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25

Hope School

Seward

6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26

Seward High School

2100 Swetmann Blvd.

Moose Pass

7 p.m. Oct. 27

Community Hall

Ninilchik

6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28

Ninilchik School

Mile 135 Sterling Hwy.



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