The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly
acted under a different name during a portion of last Thursday’s regular
meeting. Toward the end of the meeting, the assembly took on the role of the board
of adjustment to hear an appeal from borough resident William Wren. The
planning and zoning commission had approved an RV park on Wren’s land in Middle Bay,
but the approval was subject to certain stipulations. Wren’s appeal was to
overturn those stipulations. Duane Dvorak is an associate planner for the
community development department with the borough and spoke on behalf of planning
and zoning during the hearing. He said the commission’s decision to allow the
park was an “after the fact” approval because Wren is already allowing RV use
on his property.
-- (Land Appeal 1 :30 “Staff was not
inherently…fully self-contained RVs.”)
said Wren’s property is zoned industrial, and the commission considers RV parks
as residential. He said the commission agreed to allow that on industrial land,
but another stipulation was limiting future industrial use if the park
remained. Dvorak said Wren’s land has also come up as the proposed location for
the Class A composting facility the city is looking into, but said nothing has
coming through planning and zoning as far as permits and compliance for that
-- (Land Appeal 2 :32 “Applicant is prohibited from...
use or for this use.”)
zones permit sewage treatment plants, which means the composting facility would
be allowed under that classification, but not alongside a residential use RV park.
-- (Land Appeal 3 :45 “There was some talk about … any
sense out of that.”)
Wren’s case, a complaint about the land use was made by his neighbor, Todd
Hiner. During his appeal, Wren said he makes his living off the property and
would like to continue to do so.
-- (Land Appeal 4 :31 “And I would just like to say
… think that they don’t.”)
the end, the board of adjustments sided with the decision made by the planning
and zoning commission requiring Wren to meet the stipulations of the code
before allowing RV use. Wren has 30 days from that meeting to file an appeal
with the superior court. Jack Maker is an enforcement officer with the borough
and said the borough will wait until the 30 day period has lapsed before
checking Wren’s property for compliance. If Wren does not meet the conditions
of the RV park, he will be asked to vacate the land of current RVs until the
requirements are met.