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Auke Bay plan up for reconsideration

Permit to be addressed at next Planning Commission meeting

Posted: May 28, 2013 - 11:15pm

A conditional use permit and city project review for construction of a new two-lane boat launch ramp and associated parking at Statter Harbor went before the Planning Commission Tuesday and was reconsidered, opening a further period of public review.

The motion to reconsider the permit for continuation of the Statter Harbor master plan was ushered by Planning Commission chair Mike Satre.

“My intent is not to force a vote on this permit this evening,” Satre said.

Since the motion for reconsideration was approved, it will go before the commission again at its next meeting.

The additional period of review will allow for further public comment and afford the Docks and Harbors board time to address complaints and concerns while also allowing for further improvements to the plan.

“I think it’s important that we continue this project,” Satre said. “We have a chance to still mold this project to meet the intent to reduce congestion in the harbor area and still make this a real jewel of the area.”

Commission member Nathan Bishop withdrew his previous motion to stay the permit while noting that improvements to the plan still need to be made.

“I still feel that there’s serious problems that need to be resolved,” Bishop said.

Commission member Marsha Bennett wasn’t at the last planning commission meeting and supported the reconsideration.

“I agree that it should be reconsidered and held off until the port director and harbor board has a chance to make some compromises,” Bennett said.

Commission member Jerry Medina was also in favor of the reconsideration and the motion passed all in favor. The permit will be addressed at the next commission meeting on June 11.

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