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Link to Fairview Neighborhood Plan Public Review Draft, and methods for comment

Thanks to everyone who showed up to tonight’s meeting! I heard Allen, Tanya and Meghan hit it out of the park. Thanks also to Christopher for running a great meeting in my absence.

The Public Review Draft of the Fairview Neighborhood Plan has been released today and we have begun the comment period. You can find it at this link.

The public comment period is now open. For your comments to be in the packet for deliberation at November’s meeting, we will need you comments submit by November 7.

You can comment on the plan in the following ways:
- leave a on this website (fairviewcommunity.org)
- email a comment to plan@fairviewcommunity.org
- written comments may be delivered to
Fairview Community Council, C/O Fairview Recreation Center
1121 E. 10th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
The more specific your comments are, the more helpful they will be in getting through the rest of the process.

At November 14th’s Council meeting, we will deliberate, amend and (hopefully) approve the plan for submittal to the Municipality. At the meeting, the resolution of support introduced at tonight’s meeting will be brought to the floor. This will be the opportunity to move amendments to the motion, which will lead to changes in the plan we submit. Once all amendments are voted on, we will vote on the resolution of support, and if approved we will submit the plan to the Municipality for formal review.

The Long Range Planning Department, other state and municipal departments, and the Planning and Zoning Commission will review the plan for compliance with their needs and will make recommendations to the assembly. During this process they will also accept comment on the plan, and we will need your support by commenting on the plan and showing up at hearings when the plan is deliberated.

Then the plan goes to the Assembly. Again, public comment (both written and in-person) are very important to getting the plan approved. The Assembly will have the chance to amend it, and then approve it.

At that point, the plan becomes the template for changes to code that happen in our neighborhood moving forward. It becomes the document that shapes our vision of what we want our neighborhood to become.

This is a really big deal, and I can’t thank enough everyone involved for years and years to make it happen. Especially Allen Kemplen, the Executive Board, residents, neighbors and businesses that have been involved since the beginning, the Long Range Planning Division, and especially Agnew::Beck for doing some very heavy lifting in a really short amount of time.

Now the fun begins!

See you next month, and I look forward to seeing your comments.

Fairview Neighborhood Plan Guidemap

Fairview Neighborhood Plan Guidemap released

After over a decade, the Fairview Neighborhood Plan is going to enter the Public Review process. This plan will shape the future of our neighborhood and is the result of thousands of hours of volunteer effort and input from hundreds of you and your neighbors. Allen Kemplen has shepherded the process for many years, and we were able to hire Agnew::Beck to work with us to respond to Municipal comments and format the plan so we could submit it to the Assembly. We will release the Public Review Draft of the plan at our Community Council meeting this Thursday. At our November meeting, we will deliberate it, have the opportunity to debate and approve the plan as is or with amendments. Then it will go to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review and to the Assembly for approval.

I have asked Tanya Iden and Meghan Holtan (a former resident of Fairview) to introduce the plan, discuss the process, and answer any questions you may have about it’s role or ours. Really, the plan needs no introduction if you have been engaged with the council for any amount of time. A lot of what it calls for we are actively pursuing: Focusing on redevelopment of the Gambell/Ingra corridor, protecting historically low density residential areas, encouraging mixed-use (residential and commercial) development in other areas, suggesting design standards that reflect neighborhood values (use of alleys, encouraging green space and trees, embracing the winter city neighborhood that we are), supporting a comprehensive plan to manage and mitigate the chronic homeless inebriate problem, encouraging business investment in the commercial corridor, planning for large transportation projects that may or may not happen, and on and on.

If you have questions about how the plan addresses any of these issues (or others we may have missed), this is a good opportunity to learn more about it. Next month I expect more opinion and debate, and we will plan accordingly.

Today, we are releasing the Fairview Neighborhood Plan Guide Map (see this link), which makes up Chapter 4 of the plan. It is the best thumbnail of what we are attempting to accomplish. Later in the week, I will email links to the full plan, including the implementation matrix and the proposed Land Use Map. Once released, you will be able to submit comment on the Public Review Draft at the website fairviewcommunity.org.

Other issues on the agenda:
- Merril Field Noise Workshop 10/21 at Fairview Recreation Center
- Dowl HKM is presenting on the HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Projects?) proposed for our area. I believe they are restriping and repaving 5th and 6th by gambell and ingra
- Beginning the review process of the Memorandum of Agreement with Brother Francis Shelter. If you have issues you believe we need to negotiate with BFS, please bring those to the meeting.
- A resolution in support of the neighborhood plan will be introduced so we can vote on it in November.
- A “pop-up” museum will show up at the Fariview Recreation Center parking lot 11/9, and the group organizing it is looking for neighbors with items to display at the museum

Here is the link to the agenda. Here is a link to the minutes from last month. I hope you can make it! Christopher will be running the meeting.

Yours,
—S