Smaller lots

This illustration shows examples of homes that could be built on lots that are 3,600 square feet in size.

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly on Thursday will hold a second public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would establish a new zoning district under borough code. 

The ordinance would create a new district, called RSL-Residential Small Lot Single Family, that would allow areas of land that are 1.5 acres or larger with access to public water and sewer services to be subdivided for single family housing.

The purpose of the ordinance is to create affordable housing opportunities and encourage construction of smaller homes, according to meeting documents. 

This will be the second time the proposed ordinance has been heard by the assembly in public hearing. A vote on the ordinance was postponed at the Sept. 7 regular meeting with the stipulation that there would be another public hearing this week. 

Assembly members had indicated they wanted additional time to consider the implications of the ordinance and to allow for more public comments. 

If passed in its current form, the ordinance would allow property owners in RSL districts with land meeting the 1.5-acre size requirement to subdivide the parcel into a minimum of 10 lots. 

The size requirement for the subdivided lots would be 3,600 to 6,000 square feet, excluding water bodies, private roads and public access easements. 

The smallest lot size currently allowed under borough code for residential zoning is 7,200 square feet, which is the minimum lot size in R1, R2 and R3 districts.

Owners wishing to rezone property to the new zoning district would have to go through the normal rezoning processes, including Planning and Zoning Commission hearings and final approval by the KIB Assembly. 

Assembly member Matt Van Daele has indicated he may submit an amendment for the assembly’s consideration that would decrease the required parcel size to 1 acre from 1.5 acres and the minimum number of lots from 10 to seven. 

As of Monday afternoon, there were no substitute versions of the ordinance included in online meeting documents. 

At the last public hearing on the ordinance proposal, Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Scott Arndt urged assembly members not to change the language of the ordinance. Decreasing the 1.5-acre minimum land size requirement would create more opportunity for spot zoning, he said. 

“I want to strongly suggest that you do not deviate from the 1.5 acres. This zoning district is designed to accommodate certain development. 

It is not designed and intended to spot zone throughout the district. That is why the requirement is there,” he said. 

A community member who spoke during public comment on Sept. 7 suggested increasing the maximum lot size to 7,200 square feet. 


Snoderly can be reached at (907) 512-2624. Follow her on Twitter, @KDMjoann

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