The Juneau Planning Commission has approved phase two of the Statter Harbor Master Plan.
In a meeting Tuesday night, the commission reversed a decision it had initially shot down.
“We’re pleased with the outcome of the Planning Commission’s decision,” said Carl Uchytil, CBJ Port Director. “The project, as conceived, will benefit the community of Juneau for decades to come.”
There was opposition; Commissioner Nicole Grewe voted against the Master Plan.
Grewe refused comment for this article.
Though the commission placed six conditions on the conditional use permit for things such as lighting, green space and construction hours, a major concern of the Auke Bay Towers Homeowners Association went unanswered.
Daniel Bruce, the attorney for the homeowners association, said his clients were pleased but remained concerned about the project decreasing the value of their homes.
“They accept it is a good compromise,” said Bruce. “The plan on May 14 they strongly objected to. I think they are pleased that substantially all of their concerns were listened to and addressed. I think everyone recognized the process worked.”
The project was put on hold last month when the Auke Bay residents filed an appeal against the conditional use permit required for continuation of the Statter Harbor Master Plan.
To remedy their concerns, Docks and Harbors met with residents and fine-tuned the proposed plans, adding additional greenspace and nodes along the seawalk that will overlook the bay.
Parking space remains the same, and full-cutoff LED lighting will be installed around the harbor to diminish light pollution.
The aim of the project was to address safety concerns while increasing amenities for boaters and community members alike.
“The facility that is there now is just very congested and people feel uncomfortable. They’re afraid they might run over kids,” said Gary Gillette, CBJ port engineer. “It’s good to be through the process. It was the last permit we needed so we’re pleased.”
A timeframe for when the project will begin has not been decided.
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