Rezoning Claims Major Chunk of Assembly Regular Meeting Tonight

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

A large chunk of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s regular meeting tonight  will be about rezoning, but they’ll also touch on last minute revisions of the budget.  Up for public hearing will be an ordinance that compensates for projects that are over budget. It’ll account for that in part by moving around funds.

Among the dozen or so adjustments up for future approval are the construction of the Womens Bay Emergency Center with $100,000 from the Womens Bay Fire Department and the transfer about $379,600 from the capital projects borough fund to the capital projects school fund.

Another item on the agenda falls under unfinished business and would reestablish fees for the Kodiak Island Borough. As detailed in the meeting packet, fees need to be reviewed annually, and the assembly reviewed and approved its last fee resolution in June 2015.

The fees on the document cover everything from cleanup of the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center to the rabies vaccination deposit. For listeners curious about the latter, it’s $20.

One of the changes to the fees is a 20 percent increase of cost for the collection and removal of mobile homes and recreational vehicles, most likely due to extra labor. A note accompanies the document declaring that “mobile homes or debris from mobile homes” should be “cleared for asbestos and lead-based paint before acceptance,” and that materials must be separated – for instance, metals from recyclables.

A clerk’s note on the resolution adds that Assemblyman Larry LeDoux had previously proposed a reduction of new residence construction fees for home owner / builders to $150.

As for rezoning, it dominates the ordinances for introduction. One of those changes would be the rezone of four lots from R2 family residential to R3 multifamily residential, a request which the Planning and Zoning Commission rejected in a March meeting. The pursuant now brings it before the assembly as another attempt to get approval.

The regular meeting packet states that the properties have already been in use as multi-family parcels for decades.

You can tune into KMXT at 6:30 p.m. tonight to hear about these issues and more, or drop by the borough building at the same time to see the action in person.

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