Staff recommends the Planning Commission adopt the Director's analysis and findings and APPROVE the requested Conditional Use Permit Modification. The permit would allow for the development of Juneau Youth Services’ conversion of Montana Creek House dorm rooms into administrative offices with USE2022 0010 superseding USE2000-00003, USE2004-00018, and USE2006-00028.
The approval is subject to the following conditions:
1. Maximum number of residents approved on site is 29, the total maximum previously approved for Lighthouse and Black Bear House.
2. The applicant shall clear brush and small trees along Mendenhall Loop Road to maintain safe, clear sight distance from the exit driveway to the Montana Creek Bridge as required by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The applicant will be responsible for maintaining safe driveway sight distance as long as the site is occupied.
The applicant requests a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Modification for Juneau Youth Services (JYS) to convert existing dorm rooms into administrative offices in Montana Creek House. JYS purchased the Mendenhall Loop Road property in 1995, and have been continuously operating this location since that time. Services include residential dorms for homeless youth with associated residential treatment program and administrative support services. Through this CUP Modification, the applicant seeks to combine three active CUPs into one permit, which will supersede the other three, allowing the applicant to best manage the conditions of approval.
Staff recommends the Planning Commission adopt the Director’s analysis and findings and approve with conditions the requested conditional use permit.