officials and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission plan to ask the
Kodiak Island Borough Assembly to allow them to hire an independent consultant
to help update the borough's subdivision and zoning ordinances, which officials
contend are out of date.
KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
The need for an
outside consultant arose due to the currently heavy workload of the borough's
Community Development Department and the Planning and Zoning Commission as well
as staffing shortages, according to director of Community and Development Bud
Cassidy. Cassidy also explained the need for updating the borough's zoning
-- (Cassidy 1 25 sec. "The commission and the assembly
... to hire a consultant.")
examples of how updating the code would affect people in Kodiak, from traffic
and noise caused by the proliferation of bed and breakfasts to that resulting
from people doing business from home.
-- (Cassidy 2 45 sec. "A perfect example is ... because
of home occupations.")
vice-chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said the commission's
first choice would have been to conduct the re-writing of the code without the
help of a consultant but that staff constraints dictated otherwise. He also emphasized
the need for re-writing the outdated code.
-- (Watkins 1 40 sec. "They started in earnest... that all the students have
Cassidy said the
code hasn't been updated for many years and that one of the major problems is that
it is vague in certain areas, leaving it open to interpretation and possible legal
-- (Cassidy 4 40 sec. "One example would be ... small
The resolution to
hire a consultant was suggested by Planning and Zoning at last week's assembly
work session. According to the borough clerk's office, it has yet to be
scheduled for an assembly vote.
I'm Erik Wander