Date set for cottage housing appeal

Posted: Friday, April 04, 2008

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Thursday set May 19 as the date to hear both parties' arguments in the formal appeal of the Juneau Planning Commission's decision to grant Bicknell Inc. permits for a three-phase cottage housing development on Back Loop Road.

Kelly Corrigan and Mary Kay Pusich filed the appeal saying that the 22 small homes Bicknell proposes to build on 3.5 acres next to their more traditional suburban development, All Seasons, will lower home values and affect the quality of life for residents.

Mayor Bruce Botelho said that Bicknell chose not to intervene and left the proceedings to the appellants and the commission. Both parties are expected to file briefs detailing arguments based on the records of the commission's decision to grant permits.

During the May appeal proceedings, both parties have 30 minutes to make their case to the Assembly during a public meeting. The Assembly will debate the merits of each side's case in a closed-door session.

Botelho said a decision should come during the first regularly scheduled Assembly meeting in June.

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