Tee Harbor split over new resort

Planning Commission to review proposal to build 28-person lodge

Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Carol Bodenhamer said a commercial resort facility planned for North Tee Harbor will ruin life as she's known it there for 19 years.

Dan Malick says it will preserve it.

The issue comes to a head during a Juneau Planning Commission meeting at 7 tonight in assembly chambers.

"It's entirely inappropriate," Bodenhamer said.

"Some see this as a big commercial thing; that's not the case at all," Malick said.

At issue is an existing resort located on 5.1 acres of property owned by Malick and his wife, Kristine Trott-Malick the original five-acre site of the Tee Harbor Cannery.

Malick wants a conditional use permit for his two waterfront lots, currently zoned for single-family homes. Malick and his wife have lived on one of the lots, at the southern end of the North Tee Harbor peninsula, since 1982. They purchased an adjoining lot in 1998 and have since renovated a one-bedroom bungalow and a two-bedroom bunkhouse-style lodge. The want to add a shower and bathroom building and four tent platforms with woodchip bases.

The city Community Development Department has recommended the planning commission grant the request for the conditional use permit.

Use of the facilities would be for short-term rental on a daily or weekly basis, with maximum housing for 28 people. Malick said the lodge would be available for meetings and weddings.

Bodenhamer said this sort of development affects more than just her community she wants to make a stand against a growing trend of industrial tourism invading smaller neighborhoods.

"This is a devastating thing that's occurred in our community," Bodenhamer said, noting traffic will increase by 36 passes a day in front of her house near the proposed resort. "If they were having a small bed and breakfast with nine people and doing it quietly, I don't think anyone would question that. But this is entirely inappropriate."

She said that "over 50 percent" of the approximately 25 families in the area side with her.

Malick contests that. He said he, too, is very much against industrial tourism, and his plans are to keep the neighborhood much the same as it is today.

He said his proposal has much less of an impact than if he were to subdivide his property under D-1 (single family) guidelines. The homes and resulting traffic that could be built on his property would have a much more destructive effect than what he is trying to accomplish, he said.

"The financial pressure to keep this property undeveloped is immense," he said. "All we're doing is trying to come up with a very light use to save this property from a more intense D-1 development. It's no more complicated than that."

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