28,000 acres of State lands could soon belong to the Kenai Peninsula Borough, as the Borough enters the final stages of its Municipal Lands Selection Process.
The months-long process was open to public comment in January and February and Borough staff have spent the past two months reviewing the 1,100 public outreach comments received to put together this map of proposed selections.
Marcus Mueller, Borough Land Management Officer, explained the types of land they were looking for…
Mueller: “Lands that are useful of course, for municipal purposes. Local governments, schools, fire stations, solid waste, and those sorts of functions, as well as lands that are appropriate for community expansion, for settlement, which may include lands that would be for sale in the future for private use.”
There’s also been a suggestion of acquiring the land around the Hope ‘y’ junction, to create an ecologically responsible tourism destination. For more on that suggestion, read: Mountain Riders Look to Partner with Borough to Develop Hope ‘Y’.
Now, Borough administrators will meet with City, State and Federal agencies to discuss the proposed selections. the borough Planning Commission will hold public hearings on June 10th and June 24th. If the planning commission endorses the action, the Assembly will consider the proposal on July 2nd.