Road standards revisited

Assembly to hear comment on subdivision developers

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2007

An ordinance proposing stiffer requirements for subdivision developers gets still another public hearing before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday in Soldotna.

The basic ideas behind Ordinance 2007-33 were first proposed in an earlier version in March, but tabled. The latest version, first introduced in September and recently amended wholesale by Ordinance 2007-33 (Substitute), already has had two public hearings.

The ordinance would require developers to build roads acceptable for borough maintenance before final plats on their new subdivisions are approved.

Many dedicated rights of way within the borough are poorly built, according to Road Service Area officials, who say residents have turned to the borough to resolve issues of poor roads built prior to final plat approval. The borough believes requiring roads be built to acceptable standards before final plat approval would best serve the public and be a savings to taxpayers.

Upgrading the requirements also would meet several goals of the borough's comprehensive plan, borough officials say.

Among other things, the ordinance lays out procedures to follow when applying for preliminary plats, details how roads within and, in certain cases, roads to subdivisions are to be constructed, establishes timetables and criteria for allowing extensions, and sets out penalties for nonperformance.

Four other ordinances will get public hearings Tuesday as well:

* Ordinance 2007-19-27 would accept and appropriate an Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management grant of $30,712 for the Kenai Peninsula Citizen Corps Program.

The KPCC is a series of volunteer-based programs providing communities with training, resources for identifying disaster risks and developing solutions and opportunities to connect local leaders, volunteers and first-responders.

* Ordinance 2007-19-28 also involves a state homeland security grant of $25,750 to cover costs associated with emergency response equipment for the Kachemak Emergency Service Area.

* Ordinance 2007-34 would amend borough code regarding Plat Committee hearing and review procedures.

* Ordinance 2007-35 would extend until Dec. 31, 2009, the sunset date of Ordinance 2005-30, which created an appointed of Board of Adjustment, rather than having assembly members perform that function.

The assembly also will take up some unfinished business at its Tuesday meeting, including:

* Ordinance 2007-19-22, appropriating $850,000 of interest income to help pay the costs of capital improvements at South Peninsula Hospital;

* Resolution 2007-051, approving plans for participating in the 50th anniversary of the Alaska statehood celebration; and

* Resolution 2007-069, committing to the development of a local climate change impact plan.

Hal Spence can be reached at

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