Costco wins preliminary approval of easement for expansion of store

Committee also OKs rules on Auke Lake motor vessel use

Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Costco was granted a "no-build" public easement Monday evening by the city's Lands Committee, a subcommittee appointed by the mayor to address the city's land use issues.

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Costco hopes to expand by 12,000 square feet and needs the easement to adhere to city building codes and ensure fire safety, officials said. City codes forbid building up to a lot line. Costco wants to lease a 2,000 square-foot patch of city land to meet municipal code.

The membership wholesaler will not build on the leased property, but will rent the land from the city for an amount to be determined at a later date.

Before the easement is officially granted by the city, however, it must be approved by the Juneau Assembly.

The committee also approved changes to Auke Lake rules on motor vessel use.

The changes include a fine, not to exceed $100, for violators of vessel size restrictions. Refueling on the lake would be prohibited and wake restrictions would also be put into effect.

The new rules also specify that personal watercraft and other motorized vessels may be operated on the lake only during certain hours, with a primary prohibition before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

The Assembly must now approve the updated regulations.

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