P&Z Dumps Code Revision Project



Citizens begin to fill up the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium Wednesday night. Pam Foreman/KMXT photo 

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Last night the Kodiak Island borough Planning and Zoning Commission took to the main stage at the Gerrald C. Wilson Auditorium to better accommodate the throngs of citizens interested in speaking up on the code revision project.

And even though the main issue – stopping the code revision – was taken care of in the first 10 minutes, it didn’t deter the public from sharing nearly four hours of thoughts with the commission.

Past acting commission chair Alan Schmidt moved to “postpone indefinitely” the revision, which effectively kills it. New member and current chair Scott Arndt soon called for the vote and it passed unanimously.

A motion had been made early in the meeting to add language to the existing borough code to increase property owner rights and limit government authority, but it failed on a 3-2 vote. However Kathy Drabek, who was on the prevailing side of that earlier vote, asked for it to be reconsidered about four hours later. Schmidt said he’d vote for it, explaining he’s had time to think about it. It then passed 5-0 to a standing ovation.

There will be a joint meeting between the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly next month with staff to discuss where to go next.

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