During Thursday’s regular meeting,
the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly decided to postpone a vote on a rezoning
ordinance for the Kodiak landfill. The ordinance would have rezoned a portion
of the landfill from public use and conservation to industrial. The change is
needed for future expansion of the landfill.
decision to postpone Thursday’s vote came after almost an hour of public
comment from community members against the rezoning. Among those who spoke was
Tom Lance, who serves on the Monashka Bay Road Service Area Board. He spoke on
behalf of the board and said the rezone request needs to be revised, and the green
belt, or buffer, around the landfill should be enhanced to protect the residents
and natural environment surrounding the area.
-- (Rezone 1 :37 “Monashka Bay Road Service Board … landfill
also said the service area board was not notified of the intent to rezone. He
wasn’t the first person in the crowd to say this, nor was he the last.
Assemblywoman Louise Stutes said the apparent lack of communication was
frustrating, especially after the assembly specifically asked that the service
board be contacted.
-- (Rezone 2 :35 “I
find the way this thing has ... notified and were not.”)
assembly members agreed with Stutes, and Assemblyman Aaron Griffin moved to
postpone the vote.
-- (Rezone 3 :12 “Quite honestly there’s a lot
of … to next regular meeting.”)
Mel Stephens said he was against postponing the vote, and instead thought the
assembly should vote against the ordinance, let it fail, and then start from
the end, the vote to postpone the ordinance passed six to one. Assemblywoman
Carol Austerman said the comments from the community were heard loud and clear,
and postponing the vote seemed like the only right thing to do.
-- (Rezone 4 :34 “I understand there is a need
… have happened tonight.”)
assembly will hold a work session this upcoming Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the
borough conference room.