Day: February 14, 2017

KHNS News – Feb. 14, 2017 Haines resident appeals resource extraction permit approval; Planners propose stricter height limits for Mud Bay, Lutak, General Use zones; Haines Chamber of Commerce pursues education opportunities for local businesses; Skagway Assembly to discuss rec center expansion, port back-up...

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Haines Chamber of Commerce pursues education opportunities for local businesses

The Haines Chamber of Commerce has a new president, some new board members, and is ramping up its efforts to support the local business community through education. That’s in response to needs determined by a recent survey. The Chamber published the Business Retention and Expansion Report at the end of last year. In the survey created by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, local businesses were asked 61 questions. One was ‘would any of the following topics be of value to your business?’ “Time management – we haven’t tackled that one yet. Marketing, online marketing,...

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Planners propose stricter height limits in Mud Bay, Lutak, General Use zones

After initially thinking about loosening restrictions on building heights, the Haines Planning Commission is now leaning in the opposite direction. If the commission approves a proposed change, builders in the Mud Bay, Lutak and General Use zones would have to keep structures under 30 feet. The commission’s first idea was to relax height restrictions. At previous meetings, commissioners wondered aloud where the current 30-foot restriction for many zones came from. At the most recent meeting, they got their answer. “It was set at 30 feet because that’s the height at which the fire department can safely rescue somebody...

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Skagway Assembly to discuss rec center, port back-up plan

The proposed recreation center expansion is back on the Skagway Borough Assembly agenda this week. Residents recently made a pitch to the assembly for a $17 million expansion that includes a four-lane pool. The assembly will also revisit the idea to seek out a back-up plan for the port. The group discussed putting out a request for proposals for port management if the current lease with White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad doesn’t last beyond 2023. At Thursday’s meeting, they’ll address a list of questions the port commission wants the assembly to answer before pursuing an RFP. A concern...

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Haines resident appeals approval of resource extraction permit

A Haines developer’s plans for resource extraction above Young Road face a challenge from a nearby resident. The planning commission recently unanimously approved a three-year conditional use permit for Roger Schnabel of Southeast Road Builders. Lenise Fontenot filed an appeal of the decision the next day. Schnabel owns a 65-acre property above Young Road and Skyline Drive. He is already allowed to do clearing, grubbing and blasting on the site. But now, he wants to ‘intensify’ the work and sell the material to be used in the small boat harbor expansion. The plan to use the material for commercial...

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