City planners are asking to hear what people like and don't like about Juneau.
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The Juneau Planning Commission is seeking comments and suggestions for amendments to the primary document guiding development policies within the city, Project Architect Susana Montana said. Between April 12 and May 4 planners will conduct six public meetings.
"The update offers relevant information through evaluating neighborhood and community values," Montana said. "Planners are paying attention to Juneau's heavy dependence on tourism and government for jobs."
Topics range from how to provide a balanced economy; jobs for future generations; affordable housing; traffic control; transit and trail needs and desires; natural resource protection and recreational opportunities, Montana said.
Juneau's comprehensive planning survey is posted at http://www.juneau.org/cddftp/CompPlanUpdate.php.
"We can't stress enough how important it is to hear from the community in every stage of this process," said Commission Chairman Mark Pusich. "The comprehensive plan shapes how Juneau will develop and we will be very interested to hear what people think about how the community should plan for the future."
Montana said the plan was last updated more than a decade ago. She said it serves as the central planning document and is the basis for zoning, capital improvements, and evaluating requests for use permits, such as whether to allow schools or swimming pools in a residential neighborhood.
City staffers will facilitate these first six neighborhood meetings, where they will solicit community concerns and values, Montana said. Planners will later attempt to match those concerns and values with plan's policies and present results to the Planning Commission. Public comment for this stage of the process will also be taken online.
"If you can't attend any of the meetings, go to the city's Web site and fill out the short three-question survey posted there," Community Development Director Dale Pernulla said. "It should take folks less than five minutes to complete."
Results of the neighborhood meetings and online comments will be presented to the Planning Commission May 16 in the Assembly Chambers. The public is invited to attend.
"We want to get a sense of why people live here, what they like about Juneau and what they'd like to see changed," Pernulla said. "Once we get a good sample of opinions on that, through the meetings and the survey, we'll be better able to ensure that the policies in the comprehensive plan match the community's values."
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