An attempt by a group of Kodiak neighbors to stop development in the Perez Way neighborhood was put down Wednesday by the borough’s planning and zoning commission.

The neighbors, led by Rose and Alan Wolf, attempted to rezone their neighborhood from multi-family residential to two-family residential. Multi-family residential zoning allows four-plexes and other high-density building, and area residents had become alarmed by plans to develop several vacant lots in the neighborhood.

“We live in a delightful, small neighborhood,” Alan Wolf testified Wednesday night. “These roads will not be able to serve (increased traffic).”

The attempted rezone pitted homeowners seeking quiet against those seeking to protect an investment opportunity. Debbie Rohrer owns an existing four-plex in the neighborhood and said rezoning it would mean she couldn’t rebuild after a disaster.

“This building is 20 years old,” Rohrer said. “They’re trying to rezone something that’s been in effect (since 1966).”

Kevin Arndt, whose proposal to build in the neighborhood sparked the rezoning movement, said his initial plans are for duplexes and many of the lots empty onto Sheratin Road, not the smaller Wilton White Way or Perez Way.

Those arguments appeared to sway the planning and zoning commission, which voted 4-2 against the rezoning request. Commissioners Casey Janz and Alan Schmitt voted in the minority, while Rick Vahl, Sonny Vinberg, William Kersch and Brent Watkins voted in the majority. Commissioner Alan Torres was absent.

Rezone backers may appeal the decision once the commission has submitted its findings of fact, something expected within the next few weeks.

In other business, the planning and zoning commission unanimously approved a parking plan for a new bed and breakfast on Mill Bay Road. The proposal was submitted by Bethan Davis, who plans to operate the business near the intersection of Mill Bay Road and Rezanof Drive.

The commission also:

• agreed to divide the lot hosting the Ouzinkie School in order to provide space for a cellphone tower;

• rezoned the Old Harbor landfill site from single-family residential to industrial;

• and made a minor modification to its bylaws.

The next planning and zoning meeting has been scheduled for April 18, with a work session April 11.

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