On Wednesday night, the commission voted to put off consideration of the site plan until its February meeting. In a work session before the meeting, commission members raised concerns about drainage, firefighting access, snow storage and the number of parking spaces.
“I’m a little uncomfortable with the 22 parking spots,” said Bud Cassidy, the borough’s community development director. “I think the challenge is how we balance that with the requirements of the code.”
Under borough code, required parking for buildings is determined by the seating capacity of the building’s primary meeting space, divided by four.
If the building’s lot can’t meet that requirement, there are few options.
“The code only gives you two choices: on site or a structured relationship with a neighbor,” Cassidy said.
It will be difficult to expand parking beyond the 22 proposed spots because of the slope of the land.
“There are some natural constraints on that site,” said city manager Aimée Kniaziowski.
Counting the parking of next-door Kodiak High School is an option, but “(the project manager) just chose not to go that direction,” Cassidy said.
One alternative floated in the planning and zoning meeting was to purchase adjacent land currently occupied by offices of the Kodiak Island Red Cross.
That proposal has not been examined in any detail, Kniaziowski said.
By February, planners will have ideas for a new parking plan and the fire marshal will have had time to examine access for fire engines, Cassidy said.
In other business, the commission unanimously approved the rezoning of the lot at 220 Sargent Creek Road in Bell’s Flats from industrial to light industrial.
“Residents have been very clear they would like to see less industrial sorts of things,” commissioner Alan Schmitt said.
The landowner plans to build a series of small warehouses on the property and requested the rezone because of its lesser restrictions on building setbacks from the edge of the lot.
The commission also:
• re-elected Alan Torres as chairman and Brent Watkins as vice chairman of the commission;
• turned down a request for a setback variance on Parkside Drive. The landowner had requested the variance to keep a barn close to the edge of the lot.
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