Body found in channel identified
JUNEAU - The Juneau Police Department has identified the woman whose jeans-clad body was found floating in Gastineau Channel near Marine Park pilings early Sunday.
Next of kin have not been notified, so police will not release her name, said Capt. Tom Porter. Porter said the woman was a Juneau resident. The investigation continues, he said, but "right now there is nothing to indicate foul play." Acting medical examiner Dr. Franc Fallico said this morning he had completed the autopsy, but could release no details until authorized to do so by police.
Resort on planning commission agenda
JUNEAU - A proposed resort at North Tee Harbor returns to the Juneau Planning Commission at a meeting tonight.
The commission denied a conditional use permit for the project in September. On appeal, the Juneau Assembly remanded the issue back to the commission in February for further work. Property owners Daniel Malick and Kristine Trott-Malick are asking for a permit to operate a resort that includes a lodge and camping facilities.
The commission is scheduled to revisit findings that evaluate public safety and neighborhood harmony and decide whether more information is needed. If the commission decides existing information is not sufficient, a rehearing can be scheduled, according to Community Development Department documents.
In addition, the commission is scheduled to consider a conditional use permit for a boiler building near the Princess dock. The electric boiler will allow ships to turn off oil-fired boilers, according to commission documents. The building is the second part of Princess Cruise Lines proposal to use local power while in port. The Planning Commission granted a permit for an electrical substation in December. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Assembly chambers.
Panel considers downtown parking
JUNEAU - The Juneau Planning Commission this evening will discuss two draft ordinances intended to improve parking downtown.
The first is a fee-in-lieu parking program that would allow a developer to pay a fee for a required parking space not provided on site. The funds would go into a dedicated account for new parking facilities or alternative transportation. Rates might range from $21,600 to $26,000 per space based on construction and rental parking costs, according to Community Development Department documents.
A second ordinance proposal would establish residential parking zones. Neighborhood residents would be able to purchase a permit that would allow them park without observing a time limit. According to a 1999 analysis, 265 people in Juneau might qualify for the program and the cost of a permit would range between $22 and $25 a month. According to the draft ordinance, a parking zone would be initiated by a petition signed by at least 30 percent of neighborhood residents.
The Planning Commission will meet in a work session to consider the proposals at 5 p.m. in Assembly chambers.