CBJ Docks and Harbors officials discuss land use master plan for waterfront on Action Line

    Top CBJ Docks and Harbors Department officials provided an update on the land use master plan for the waterfront from the bridge to Norway point on Action Line Wednesday.

    Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 4:47pm by Lance David

    Top CBJ Docks and Harbors Department officials provided an update on the land use master plan for the waterfront from the bridge to Norway point on Action Line Wednesday.

    Port Director Carl Uchytil and Port Engineer Gary Gillette reported a good turnout in the first of a series of public meetings last week.

    "People seemed pretty interested," Gillette commented. "There are a lot of different ideas out there, and we're looking at getting people to think about what the area might be and look like in twenty years; sometimes that's hard when people are thinking about potholes today, their issues with fishing access, and that type of thing, but there were some good ideas that came out of it. We're going to filter through all those, develop some concepts, and then we'll have some other meetings."

    Uchytil said about 60 people turned out.

    "It was a very diverse crowd, and - for the most part - very supportive of what we're doing to develop our uplands to their best use," Uchytil remarked. "There was a lot of excitement about what our harbors could be in addition to supporting the marine services and commercial activities. Can we bring retail in? Can we bring restaurants and other startup type businesses to the area? And how do we go about doing that with a kind of limited waterfront area."

    We asked how the plan would be implemented once the vision comes into focus.

    "One of the components of the plan is a member of the planning team that deals with economies, financing, and that type of thing. We're trying to look at opportunities, whether it's for public-private partnerships where we have a private developer come in and develop it and maybe lease it out, or maybe have space for our harbor staff."

    The next vision meeting on this is scheduled in the Fall following the busy summer season.

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