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Planning Commission meets December 14. Here’s how to weigh in.

December 10, 2021 – Notices for Public Comment

The Planning Commission meets Tuesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. This meeting will be to review applications for a five-year marijuana renewal, an extension of a Conditional Use Permit, an addition of a second story, an accessory apartment on an undersized lot, explosives storage, and a modification to an approved Wireless Communications Facility. These items are up for public hearing.

This virtual meeting will be by video and telephonic participation only. Join the virtual meeting online https://juneau.zoom.us/j/83598204446 or call: 1-346-248-7799 or 1-669-900-6833 or 1-253-215-8782 and enter Webinar ID: 835 9820 4446.  If you’re giving public comment, you’ll be asked to state your name, place of residence, and will be asked to stay on the phone after your testimony to answer any questions from the Commission. For more information about the procedure, contact the Community Development Department at 907-586-0715.

The public is encouraged to submit written comments to pc_comments@juneau.org by 12 noon, December 10, or testify at the meeting. Read the Planning Commission Meeting agenda here.

A Marijuana Retail License Five-Year Renewal for Rainforest Farms (USE2016 0006/USE2021 0022)

The Planning Commission approved a Special Use Permit (USE2016 0006), effective May 10, 2016 to allow a Marijuana retail facility. The applicant now requests a five-year renewal of this permit.

An extension of Conditional Use Permit USE2020 0001 for a new educational and research laboratory structure (USE2021 0021)

The Planning Commission approved Conditional Use Permit USE2020 0001 with conditions effective February 25, 2020 to allow construction of a two-story education and research laboratory structure in the Waterfront Commercial Zoning District. The applicant is requesting an extension of this permit to continue with the construction.

A Conditional Use Permit for an addition of a second story to a nonconforming structure (USE2021 0017)

The applicant would like to construct a second story atop a nonconforming one-story, single-family structure. If approved, the second story would be an accessory apartment (USE2021 0016), if the associated permit were approved.

A Conditional Use Permit for an accessory apartment on an undersized lot (USE2021 0016)

The existing structure was constructed in 1924. The applicant plans to rebuild the structure’s roof and walls while maintaining the foundation and daylight basement. CBJ 49.30.210(b) allows for the reconstruction of a nonconforming structure if the cost to reconstruct is less than or equal to 75% of the assessed building value. The CBJ Assessor estimates the building value at $40,900. The CBJ Building Official estimates the cost to reconstruct at roughly $29, 500, or 72% of the assessed value.

A Conditional Use Permit renewal for explosives storage in lower Hidden Valley (USE2021 0008)

The previous permit, USE2009-00018, expired on July 14, 2019. The development is in the Rural Reserve Zoning District, distant from any property lines on the 113.29-acre parcel and complies with all Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives requirements. The proposed development if 2,350 feet from inhabited buildings, 50 feet from AE Special Flood Hazard Area, and 185 feet from Lemon Creek.

A modification to an approved facility (WCF2021 0010)

The applicant is seeking to modify WCF2019 0010, a Special Use Permit for a 150-foot, unlit monopole tower, to a 150-foot, self-supporting tower with a lightning rod. The tower will occupy 5,625 square feet of land leased from CBJ. The tower will be unlit and will support multiple wireless carriers. After the initial approval of the Special Use Permit, the applicant discovered that the soil composition on site would be better suited to a three-legged, self-supporting tower in terms of structural integrity and cost.