The Kodiak City Council is scheduled to receive an update on a conditional use permit for the quarry on Near Island permit at Wednesday’s work session after the city failed to get the quarry expansion reviewed and the quarry has moved into conservation lands.
According to a memo in the council’s information packet from City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski, the council authorized the expansion of the quarry in 2009, but review of the expansion by the borough never occurred.
The quarry was on land zoned industrial but has since encroached onto conservation-zoned land.
City staff members have spoken with the borough planning and zoning commission and determined the best way forward would be for the city to seek a conditional-use permit from the borough.
The city submitted the permit request on June 25, according to the memo, and P&Z commissioners will review the request at their Aug. 12 work session and take public comment on it at their Aug. 19 meeting.
According to the memo, city staff has spoken with “a member of the public who is representing several trail users,” and came up with ideas “such as trail restoration and realignment, potential tree replanting, and establishing buffers to the quarry.”
In the memo, Kniaziowski suggested that the council consider addressing the issue during the Near Island Land Use Update expected to occur this fall and get in touch with Island Trails Network “to help the City align with the hiking community and have trail options ready for Council discussion.”
The council work session is at 7:30 p.m. in the borough conference room on Wednesday.