Density increase discussed at Board of Adjustment

Tee Harbor subdivision variance request may break density code

Len Ceder defended his variance to subdivide a parcel of land at Tee Harbor to the City and Borough of Juneau Board of Adjustment, Tuesday night. The proposal would split a 10,000-square-foot parcel containing two houses at 17105 Glacier Highway into two parcels with one house on each.

The Board is a component of Juneau’s Planning Commission.

The waterfront parcels each have an entrance and parking, according to Ceder’s variance application. Ceder’s said his hope is to sell the two homes to separate owners.

The site received one of the city’s first variances for the area, resulting in an overly dense parcel according to a CBJ staff report.

CBJ staff recommended the commission deny the variance as it would “ultimately result in an increase in housing density,” according to the staff report. As it is, with two homes on one plot, if one of the two homes is 75 percent or more destroyed the home could not be rebuilt, bringing the property into compliance with current CBJ code. If subdivided, both homes can be rebuilt which would result in a relative density increase sometime in the future.

Commission Chair Mike Satre recommended a special committee to find out whether the variance would indeed result in an increase in density in the area. Three of the eight commissioners were absent which prevented the Commission from hearing the bill fully, Satre said.

The variance request was continued to a later date.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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