At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Haines Borough Assembly will hear public testimony on a requested ATV tour permit in the vicinity of Flower Mountain by Alaska Mountain Guides. AMG applied to add the new excursion to its other permitted tour activities. The company’s application to the Department of Natural Resources came through in mid-July. The State signed off on a five-year permit.
AMG wants to offer ATV tours on established forestry roads and trails in the Lower Klehini River area and around Flower Mountain. The area is on Haines State Forest and DNR land. According to the borough, the tourism director, police chief, and harbormaster have reviewed the proposed tour and have no objection. If approved, the tours would run from May through August.
Up for adoption this week is an ordinance amending zoning restrictions to allow for multiple single-family residences in light industrial zones. The request was brought forward by a trailer park owner with hopes of constructing small, non-mobile homes. At the last assembly meeting, all assembly members were in favor of moving forward with the idea.
Up for introduction is an ordinance that would amend borough code to revise the process for changing the Commercial Ski Tour Areas map. The ordinance is recommended by the Tourism Advisory Board and the tourism director. It suggests extending the timeline for requesting changes to the ski map.
Lastly, the assembly will go into executive session to discuss a letter from the attorney of residents Paul Nelson and Sue Waterhouse. The letter requests a formal apology and the reimbursement of legal fees accrued as a result of a trespass order against both Nelson and Waterhouse from the borough. The order was the result of an incident earlier this summer involving a former borough staff member.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in assembly chambers.