Cities seek comp plan help

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2007

Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough to match $25,000 the city has appropriated for updating Soldotna's comprehensive plan.

In the past, the borough assembly has made such appropriations to municipalities, and did so for Soldotna in 1995.

"Over the past 12 years, we have accomplished nearly all the goals and objectives identified in the 1995 plan," Boedeker said in a June letter to Borough Mayor John Williams. "It is now time for Soldotna to create a new plan and establish new goals for the future physical, social, and economic development of our rapidly developing city."

Boedeker said the city is now in the early stages of developing a new plan.

Toward that end, Williams has sponsored Ordinance 2007-19-39, which would appropriate a matching sum of $25,000. If the assembly accepts the measure at introduction, it will get a public hearing Jan. 8.

A similar measure, Ordinance 2007-19-30, also sponsored by Williams and up for introduction Tuesday, would appropriate $50,000 to the city of Homer for updating its comprehensive plan.

Homer has hired a consulting firm, Agnew/Beck, which it will pay $100,000 to prepare a complete update and revision of Homer's plan and is asking the borough to assume half that cost.

Homer City Manager Walt Wrede said the need for comprehensive community planning "has never been greater."

If accepted at introduction, Ordinance 2007-19-30 would also get a public hearing Jan. 8.

In memos to the assembly regarding the two ordinances, Borough Planner Crista Hipp-chen noted that under state statutes the borough provides for planning on an areawide basis.

The plans developed by the cities of Soldotna and Homer would be forwarded to the assembly for approval and then become the comprehensive plans for those portions of the borough. She recommended approval of each.

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