Day: March 20, 2017

Preliminary interviews set for Haines manager candidates

The Haines Borough Assembly will conduct preliminary interviews with three manager candidates this week. The assembly committee-of-the-whole meeting starts at 3 p.m. Friday. The first interview is set for 3:30, with current interim manager Brad Ryan. Ryan is the borough public facilities director who is in his second temporary stint as interim manager. An interview with the other local candidate, Debra Schnabel, follows at 4 p.m. Schnabel is the Haines Chamber of Commerce Director. She is also a former assembly member and borough consultant. Both local candidates will be interviewed in-person. Finally, Michigan county administrator Patrick Jordan’s phone interview...

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Haines Planning Commission moves toward tighter building height restrictions

How tall is too tall when it comes to buildings in Haines? At its latest meeting, the planning commission said height limits should be more restrictive than they are right now. Planners proposed putting restrictions on areas of town that have none. Initially, the commission was leaning toward loosening height restrictions. Right now, construction is limited to 30 ft. in every building zone except General Use, Mud Bay and Lutak Rural Residential. General Use and Mud Bay have no height restriction and Lutak has a maximum of 35 ft. The main concern when this first came up was...

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Haines Assembly imposes restrictions on resource extraction permit after 10-hour meeting

This story replaces a brief recap posted on Friday 3/17.  The Haines Borough Assembly brought new meaning to the term ‘marathon meeting’ last week. Two citizen appeals of a planning commission decision dragged out the assembly’s regular meeting into a 10-hour, three-day affair. The assembly ultimately upheld the planning commission’s approval of a resource extraction permit. But it also imposed a number of restrictions to address neighbors’ concerns. In January, Southeast Road Builders owner Roger Schnabel applied for a conditional use permit. He wants to extract 7,500 cubic yards of rock material from his property above Skyline Drive...

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