September, the planning and zoning commission for the Kodiak Island Borough
will be hosting their second special meeting this year in Larsen Bay to address
zoning issues of several lots in the community.
Mary Donaldson has more.
The first meeting in May postponed
any decisions to rezone some residential lots to commercial lots in order to
allow more information to be gathered for several complex rezoning cases.
Cassidy, the borough’s community development director, says the first special
meeting came about as a request from lodge owners and residents in Larsen Bay
over current property zoning.
(Cassidy 1 :20s “…community should grow.”)
Bay’s community plan now approved by the borough assembly, the cases requesting
rezoning from residential to business will now be brought up in the agenda for another
special meeting with the planning and zoning commission.
(Cassidy 2 :20s “…there in May.”)
says the commission will base their decision whether to rezone a lot or not, on
the newer community development plan map, along with the community’s goals and
values. He says what needs to be cleared up is the use of the terms “lodge”, “bed
and breakfast” and “vacation home.”
(Cassidy 3 :30 “…does it have to be in.”)
He notes that lodges in Larsen Bay
were previously able to operate with out proper zoning because it was never
really an issue or enforced before. The special meeting will address and
correct these zoning concerns.
of Larsen Bay like, Patty Livingston, have worries
about losing their Native community to tourism growth. She says she isn’t
necessarily against lodges in town, but is against lodges being present in the
(Livingston 1 :31s “…small area around our school.”)
concerns that if lodges keep buying out residential areas, that their Native
community will become extinct.
2 :31s “…our Native people out.”)
says the rezoning cases will be reviewed at a date yet to be determined next
month in Larsen Bay. None of the lodges that were
contacted and located in Larsen
Bay wished to comment for