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Assembly's draft response to 16B appeal upholds dock plans

Posted: December 17, 2012 - 9:14pm  |  Updated: December 18, 2012 - 12:04am

A draft City and Borough of Juneau Assembly decision sides with the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the 16B cruise ship dock project.

The Docks and Harbors project would build two new cruise docks downtown near Fisherman’s Memorial and Taku Fisheries Dock. The dock would accommodate larger panamax cruise ships.

The Planning Commission approved permitting for the project in Juneau. Arthur and Linnea Osborne co-owners of the Mongoose fishing vessel appealed the commission’s decision shortly after. Osborne was joined in the appeal by the Alaska Commercial Fisherman’s Memorial in Juneau.

Linnea Osborne has testified that the dock would not allow safe maneuvering around the Taku Fisheries dock for fishing vessels. She said the city could have picked a better option.

The Planning Commission’s decision was upheld in an appeal hearing. The Assembly then took up the issue in executive session in November. They asked a lawyer to write up their decision. The Assembly discussed a draft version of its decision in executive session Monday. An executive session was called due to the nature of the topic. Assembly members decided it could reveal sensitive information about CBJ finances.

No decision was announced by press time.

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