Batch asphalt and gravel permits heard at planning

Potentially noisy development brings out public comment


Juneau’s Planning Commission heard permit requests Tuesday night for a gravel extraction and processing facility

Thane Road’s new asphalt may be batched at the AML yard at Mount Roberts Street. The Juneau Planning Commission approved a permit for Secon Inc. to batch asphalt at the site, Tuesday.

Bryce Kidd, engineer for Secon said the plant would operate between Monday and Saturday.

“Though I wouldn’t say never pave on a Sunday,” Kidd said.

The paving company plans to batch 9,000 tons of asphalt. At 1,500 tons a day, Kidd said the plant would not run very many days during the summer.

“It’s not like we’re setting this thing up now and running it through July or August,” Kidd said.

There was no public comment. It passed without objection.

The commission next heard a conditional use permit for glacier gravel extraction on Montana Creek Road.

The project is located in a triangular, 17-acre lot along Montana Creek Road in the Mendenhall Valley, near the gun range and an existing inactive gravel pit.

The site has noise-blocking berms with several gaps.

CBJ Staff recommends a 30-foot vegetative buffer.

At least nine members of the public expressed interest to testify on this permit.

A majority of commenters asked that permit not be approved, staff said. Their main concerns are related to noise, traffic and drainage.

“I want those people here who have those concerns to know that we are taking seriously these concerns,” Wayne Coogan, owner of Coogan Construction said. However, he said “it looks to me that there is a little bit of a band wagon. This can be construed as a small project in the industry,” Watson said. “We conform. We know what we have to do and we don’t skirt it.”

“We want to make sure we are evaluating each detail, and evaluate it on its merits,” Chairman Michael Satre said.

Watson agreed to move the crusher farther north. He said his company intended to enhance the sound-dampening berms around the site.

“I wouldn’t clear cut the trees,” Watson said.

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