Kodiak rancher, who has been involved in litigation with a local Native group
over land rights for more than 30 years, is asking the Kodiak Island Borough
Assembly to allow rezoning of his property so that he can sell individual
parcels while preserving certain natural features of the land.
Wander has more.
Chris Beck of
Agnew-Beck Consulting of Anchorage, whom Omar Stratman hired for subdividing
the lands he now owns, presented the initial plan for the change in zoning of
Stratman's roughly 112-acre ranch at the intersection of Pasagshak and Chiniak
Roads. Beck said the proposal represents an initial step in the process of
subdividing the property.
-- (Beck 1 36 sec. "Under the current zoning ... as a
Beck said Stratman
hired him specifically because of his past experience facilitating what are
called "conservation subdivisions," which protect some of the natural aspects
of the property for public, recreational use. Beck said Stratman is interested
in selling off parcels of his land because of his advancing age.
-- (Beck 2 45 sec. "He wants to subdivide ... that is
why he hired a consultant and why it's important to him to use Beck-Agnew's
-- (Stratman 1 45 sec. "In this subdivision ... picnicking and other things
Beck said the
process follows a model of what's been done in other municipalities in the
-- (Beck 3 40 sec. "One example would be ... small
zoning regulations, subdivision would result in about 30 parcels of 2 and 5
acres each, thus subdividing 100-percent of the property. But with Beck's
conservation subdivision approach about 40 parcels of +2 acres each would be
created along with the preservation of certain parcels with access to areas
such as the lake and creek. It would result in 70-percent of the land being
subdivided and 30-percent being preserved. Beck said the main advantage of the
conservation subdivision approach is that it provides landowners the
opportunity to be flexible in how they lay out a subdivision, so they can both
protect sensitive areas and make a good return on the development.
I'm Erik Wander
HOST TAG: The Kodiak Island Borough
Assembly voted unanimously to approve the ordinance at its regular meeting last