ACTION LINE: CBJ Docks and Harbors reports on Land Use Master Plan public feedback

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - The land use master plan now in the works by the CBJ Docks and Harbors Department for the uplands between Bridge Park and Norway Point was a topic of discussion on Action Line Wednesday.

    The proposal was the subject of a series of meetings last week including meetings with members of the public to discuss the plan and listen to suggestions.

    Port Director Carl Uchytil says they got some pretty good ideas.

    "I think we're on the right track, and that the team is very clever and brilliant in how they organize their thoughts and solicit input from the public. I think we're moving in the right direction to come up with a plan the Juneau community will be proud of."

    James Bibb of North Wind Architects is a member of the design team.  He said of public reaction.

    "I think they're very excited to see the entities such as the Marine Services Yard grow and expand. The basic idea that had a lot of merit was that we have a very large fleet here in Juneau, and we're like to see a service here to accommodate the boats that are here in Juneau rather than having to go to other places to get service done. The other main thing was a desire to see the waterfront develop a character. For those of us who have been here for many years, we remember downtown having wharfs and buildings related to the water. We're trying to bring back a bit of that uplands development that would reflect a real waterfront. We see it as an asset to the visitors, and also the locals."

    The next meeting on the project will be Thursday evening, February 2 beginning at 6:30 at the Yacht Club.

    The Docks and Harbors Board of Directors will be updated on the project at its meeting Thursday evening.

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