The Title 49 amendments in this ordinance are necessary to keep Title 49 consistent with state law, remove duplicative regulations, and provide greater certainty for regulating development near shoreline habitat. This ordinance would repeal the CBJ Coastal Zone Management provisions because the associated and dependent state law was repealed. This ordinance would also clarify the CBJ shoreline habitat provisions with the ordinary high water mark standard and exempt water-dependent uses.
The Lands Committee generally discussed shoreline habitat regulations at its meetings on April 12 and May 10, 2021. The Planning Commission discussed this ordinance on June 22, 2021, and recommended the Assembly adopt this ordinance.
The Assembly held a public hearing on this ordinance at its August 2, 2021 regular Assembly meeting and adopted a motion to refer this ordinance to the Committee of the Whole. The Committee of the Whole discussed this ordinance in a joint meeting with the Planning Commission on August 30, 2021 and recommended it be referred back to the Assembly for public hearing.