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Powder Run Multifamily Housing Development Conditional Use Permit
Powder Run Multifamily Housing Development Conditional Use Permit Community Meeting
April 15, 2020 5:30 – 6:30 pm
The purpose of this meeting was to share the conceptual site and building plans for the Powder Run project and receive your input. The site is zoned GR-1, Alyeska Highway Mixed Residential. Per AMC 21.09.050 table 5, four units per acre are a permitted use; additional units can be allowed with a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Because this property spans more than one acre, five units is a permitted use. Additional units require a CUP. The total number of units for this project has yet to be finalized; we are currently planning on eight or nine 2-story units.
This meeting was held over Skype for Business and also broadcast on Facebook Live. Participants could opt to call in to the meeting without using one of the online interfaces, too. In addition to the project team, more than twenty people participated through these different mechanisms. The project team gave a brief presentation (you can find the Power Point slides below) and then questions/comments were addressed.
Presentation Slide Deck
Download the slides here: Powder Run Slide Deck
Statewide Aviation Security Plan
Statewide Aviation Security Plan
The objective of the Statewide Aviation Security Plan is to assess and review Alaska’s Category III airport security environment by completing an airport security study as recommended by the Alaska Aviation System Plan (AASP). The study will examine existing conditions through a comprehensive inventory and stakeholder surveys, conduct a gap analysis of needed changes, and recommend statewide airport improvement projects based on that analysis. This project will first document the existing security baseline and then provide recommendations for future policy, infrastructure, and technology improvements across Alaska’s Airport System.
Project Documents & Resources:
- Project documents will located here when available
Summer 2020 – Winter 2021
Data Collection: 1) Site visits to Category III airports to document existing airport security conditions. The project team will complete an inventory of existing security conditions, collect data to document each restricted area access point. 2) The project team will administer a security culture survey.
Winter 2021 – Summer 2021
Analysis: The project team will complete a gap analysis for each airport system and conduct a benchmarking analysis against similar airports outside Alaska.
Recommendations & Final Deliverables: The project team will develop a ten year Security Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that outlines needed airport security improvements. A final report, with executive summary, will be created to document issues identified in the existing conditions study, recommendations for security improvements, performance measures for tracking progress toward systematic improvements, and strategies for enhancing security culture.
- Meg Jones, Public Involvement Lead, DOWL: 907.865.1286
- Rebecca Douglas, Project Manager & Lead Planner, DOT&PF: 907.269.1728
The City and Borough of Sitka (CBS) is proposing development of a new Sitka Seaplane Base (SPB) on the north end of Japonski Island. The existing SPB, located on the east shore of the channel, has been operating for 65 years and is at the end of its useful life. CBS started evaluating new SPB locations in 2000, completing siting studies and preparing an airport master plan for the Japonski Island site in 2002. In January 2016, the existing SPB facility was temporarily closed because of storm damage to this aging seaplane base. After making temporary repairs it was reopened in Fall 2016. Recognizing the limited lifespan, poor condition, minimal amenities, and site constraints of the existing SPB, CBS updated its siting analysis and reevaluated the layout and features for the new SPB in 2016.
CBS is proposing to construct a new SPB that will serve the community in the coming decades. The final size and layout of the various components are not yet determined and will be refined and finalized as we go through the planning and environmental process. The goal is to identify and address all the facilities needed for ultimate buildout of the facility, even if the improvements are phased over time as demand requires.
The new SPB would support the regional economy (fishing, tourism, government services, and access to remote communities and areas only accessible by water). Aviation and non- aviation businesses and government agencies have indicated support for a new seaplane base. An economic impact study estimated annual earnings by Sitka businesses from the new SPB would be approximately $815,000 per year.
If approved, 93.75% of land acquisition, design, and construction costs are eligible for reimbursement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
- Join our meeting! Please join us on June 24, 2020 at 2 p.m. for a SPB Aviation User’s Meeting. Aviation users should receive an invite to this meeting. If you did not receive an invite and want to participate, please email SitkaSPB@dowl.com. This will be a virtual meeting conducted over Skype for Business and teleconferenced. Meeting materials are posted to this website in the Documents and Resources section below.
- Please take our survey! We are conducting a survey that will inform final design decisions and need to hear from stakeholders. Please take five minutes to share your design preferences. The survey is live now and will be open through 4:00 PM on Friday, July 3. Your input is appreciated! Please click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SitkaSeaPlaneBase.
Sitka SPB Concepts for Review
- Concept Option Narrative Descriptions
- Upland Development Option Figures
- Seaplane Float Layout Option Figures
- Marine Facility Option Figures
Other Project Documents & Resources
- June 24, 2020 Users Meeting Notes (pdf)
- June 24, 2020 Users Meeting PowerPoint Presentation (pdf)
- December 11, 2019 Fact Sheet (pdf)
- Preliminary Wind and Wave Study (pdf)
- 2016 Sitka Siting Analysis (pdf)