Future of Controversial Stream Protection Ordinance Up for Decision on Tuesday
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, this Tuesday night, will hold public hearings on two-ordinances dealing with the borough’s controversial Anadromous Streams protection ordinance.
The Navarre administration established a task force who met over a span of nine-months, holding public hearings and town hall meetings, before developing an ordinance to address concerns found in the original legislation. During that same time frame, first year Assembly member, Kelly Wolf has also forwarded legislation calling for an outright repeal of the Anadromous Streams protection ordinance.
We spoke to Paul Ostrander, Chief of Staff to Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and facilitator of the administration’s task force, about the two-ordinances…
Ostradner: “If you look at the amendment that the task force has , and compare that to the Kelly Wolf ordinance, the biggest, significant difference, of course is that the Wolf ordinance repeals [KPB ordinance] 2011-12, and doesn’t have anything there that looks to reincorporate waters in. Where the amendment that the task force has, it removes much of the language from [KPB ordinance] 2011-12, then it add language that looks to bring in additional water, but with different provisions than the original [KPB ordinance] 2011-12 did.”
The ordinances will be up for public hearing during the this coming Tuesday’s assembly meeting, which kicks off at 6:00pm at the Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna.