John Klapperich, Chair
William Haller, Vice Chair
Larry DeVilbiss, Borough Mayor
John Moosey, Borough Manager
PLANNING AND LAND USE DEPARTMENT
, Planning and Land Use Director
, Planning Services Chief
, Development Services Manager
, Platting Officer
, Planning Clerk
The Planning Commission is a body of citizens which serve as an advisory group to the Assembly on issues and activities related to planning land use regulation and community development in general. The Commission also approves a variety of permits. The Planning Commission has seven members who are registered to vote in the borough, and are selected from each of the seven Assembly districts. Members of the Planning Commission are appointed to a three-year term by the mayor, subject to confirmation by the Assembly.
Authority for Planning in Alaska
Alaska State Law requires that home rule, first and second class boroughs, unified municipalities, and first class and home rule cities outside of boroughs provide planning, platting and land use regulation. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is a second class borough.
Types of Commission Decisions
Planning Commission decisions can be either legislative or quasi-judicial (adjudicative) in nature.
- Legislative decisions are decisions that make or interpret policy, and may be broad ranging, such as recommending the adoption of a comprehensive plan, or be very specific such as recommending changes to code. The key element of legislative decisions is that they apply equally to everyone in the community.
- Quasi-judicial proceedings involve decisions with a direct effect on the rights and liabilities of a single person or, occasionally, a small group of identified persons. Quasi-judicial proceedings deal with matters in which a determination will be made on whether a person has shown that they have met all the established requirements that give them a right to a permit or other entitlement.
Duties of the Planning Commission
- Hold public meetings and hearings
- Prepare comprehensive plans
- Review and recommend land use regulations
- Act on variances and conditional use permits
- Review and advise on land acquisitions and disposal
- Review and recommend Capital Improvements
- Review and/or help develop the Planning Department’s annual work program
- Other duties as authorized by ordinance
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 15:49