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CBJ Assembly Ad Hoc Housing Subcommittee
The Assembly Ad Hoc Housing Subcommittee was discontinued at the June 24, 2013 Assembly Meeting and all matters previously assigned to this committee are now channeled through the Assembly Committee of the Whole.
One of the goals set by the Assembly in its 2012-13 term included:
"Host housing meeting of builders, property owners, and lenders to learn how we can reduce obstacles to developing housing."
At the November 19, 2012 Assembly Committee of the Whole Worksession, the following motion was adopted:
" To appoint an Ad Hoc Committee to put together a COW work session, to learn from the finance institutions, the builders, and owners of buildable property to determine the barriers to providing housing in the community and what the city could do to remove those barriers so that housing could be provided."
Assemblymembers Mary Becker, Randy Wanamaker, Carlton Smith, and Jesse Kiehl were appointed to this subcommittee at that meeting.
The subcommittee met in December and January to outline a process to gather comments from specific housing related groups and the public.
In addition to significant public comments received by the Assembly, the following "white papers" were presented to the Assembly Committee of the Whole:
January 14, 2013 - COW
February 25, 2013 - COW
March 11, 2013 - COW
Juneau Housing Panel – Realtors
April 8, 2013 - COW
Juneau Housing Panel - Builders
The Ad Hoc Housing Subcommittee met on April 18, and Chair Becker made the following report to the Assembly on April 22:
"The committee met and discussed a matrix of ideas presented to the committee to establish priorities. The committee identified increasing zoning density, reevaluating major/minor subdivisions and reviewing property tax incentives. They discussed CDD culture and felt that some changes to the code may help facilitate cultural changes for the department and clients. The next meeting of the subcommittee was set for Thursday, April 25, and the subcommittee would provide more information to the Committee of the Whole on April 29."
April 29, 2013 - COW
The Assemblymembers discussed the matrix of recommendations. Chair Becker reported on the subcommittee's recommendations to focus on increasing zoning density, reevaluating major/minor subdivisions and reviewing property tax incentives.
Ms. Kiefer said she understood that the immediate priorities were redefining minor/major subdivisions, clarifying the subdivision code and bringing forward the tax deferral ordinance regarding land development. She would look at those suggestions which had the most interest and determine what the process would be to develop those ideas. Ms. Becker agreed and said zoning density could be a next step.
The Ad Hoc Housing Subcommittee met on May 9, and Chair Becker made the following report to the Assembly on May 13:
"The subcommittee met on May 9 and would meet next on May 23. The subcommittee members volunteered to call builders with open residential building permits to ask about their projects. The manager would work on a report on the matrix of suggestions to determine the responsible party to see action is taken, to identify if something could not be done and why, if there was present action on an item, what would be needed to accomplish the item and CDD and Engineering would contribute comment on this as well. CDD would report on a possible market study. Engineering was creating a “pie chart” on the cost for underground utilities, sidewalks, paved streets, curb and gutter and make a report. Greg Chaney would present a proposal for Pederson Hill and Switzer Creek. In June, the subcommittee would receive a report on the Major/Minor Subdivision Ordinance revisions and the committee agreed to increase a minor subdivision to 12 lots and under. In June, the subcommittee would receive a report on the tax deferral for subdivided property ordinance."
May 20, 2013 - COW
The Assembly received an update from the Affordable Housing Commission regarding the activities of the Commission during the past year and its goals for the future.
The Ad Hoc Housing Subcommittee met on May 23, and Chair Becker made the following report to the Assembly on June 3:
"The subcommittee met on May 23. According to CBJ Engineering Director Rorie Watt, the approximate cost estimate of road construction per foot was $1,219.00, which included a 24 ft. paved roadway, sidewalk on one side, open ditch on the other side, water, sewer, gutter, and storm drainage system. The draft matrix with comments from staff would be reviewed at the next meeting. CDD Director Hal Hart presented information on a market study report and items to do to remove building barriers in the Downtown Willoughby District. Land Manager Greg Chaney discussed the housing development potentials of Pedersen Hill, “Under Thunder” and Switzer Creek areas. A comparison of costs for permit and plan review for Juneau, Anchorage, Ketchikan and Fairbanks showed Juneau was lower than all with the exception of Ketchikan for single family residential and lower than all for four-plex construction. The subcommittee contacted permit holders with active residential building permits to ask how things were going and the reports back were mostly positive. Ms. Becker would work with staff to determine the next meeting date."
The Ad Hoc Housing Subcommittee met on June 13, and Chair Becker made the following report to the Assembly on June 24:
"The subcommittee met and determined that its work would be final and the matter would be referred to the Assembly Committee of the Whole. At the Committee of the Whole meeting on July 1, the COW would take up the matrix of ideas submitted and reviewed for committee assignments. The Subdivision Ordinance and Tax Deferral for Subdivided Properties Ordinance were under development in the Law Department."
Mayor Sanford thanked the committee for its diligent work. Ms. Becker thanked the CBJ staff for its work on this project.