Commission reviews Home Depot plans

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Juneau Planning Commission discussed Tuesday night whether to approve a preliminary plan for a Home Depot store west of Costco in the Lemon Creek area.

The commission had not made any decisions by the Juneau Empire's press time Tuesday.

The city's community development staff recommended the commission approve the proposal.

City planner Nathan Bishop addressed concerns with the subdivision of 10 acres proposed for the store.

Neighbors have complained that the rezoning will create noise and light pollution and damage Vanderbilt Creek and the entrance to Lemon Creek Trail. The subdivision also would require an extension of Commercial Boulevard.

"This could become a corridor of considerable import for Hidden Valley," Planning Commissioner Nancy Waterman said.

"We're going to run into environmental concerns in this road corridor and we're going to have to address it at some time," Bishop said.

The meeting marked the first anniversary of a Juneau Assembly resolution authorizing the sale of 10 acres to Home Depot at the location of a gravel pit adjacent to Costco. The chain has proposed a 125,886-square-foot store for Juneau.

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