Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Planning Projects & Status

2019 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
ONLINE Open House launched March 16, 2020.
2020 Historic Preservation Plan Update
First stakeholder meeting held on October 1st. A meeting to inform the general public about the project will take place in late October.
Census 2020 Preparations
Complete Count Committee is developing a united Census Message.
Lake Management Plan Procedure Update
Summer 2021 will be used for public outreach and education, as well as drafting the code change. Stay tuned for public engagement events, fact sheets, and the draft ordinance!
Marijuana Code Update
At the February 16, 2021 Assembly meeting, the Ordinance was postponed indefinitely or it is to be brought back as two separate Ordinances.

Project Development Phase

MSB Comprehensive Development Plan Update
Currently in planning process.
Talkeetna 205 Project


2020 Subdivision Construction Manual Rewrite
Assembly adopted the 2020 Subdivision Construction Manual on August 18, 2020.
Alexander Lake Elodea Eradication
Project was completed Summer 2019
Board of Fisheries
Successful Board of Fisheries cycle. Thank you to all who participated and testified!
Brownfields Program: Site Reuse & Revitalization
Putting together final documents
Coho Genetics for the Yentna River
Completed 2016 field sampling and collected 678 samples.  Completed laboratory analysis of samples and 573 selected for genotyping.  Genotyped 450 radio-tagged coho salmon from archived collections.  Completed 2017 sampling and collected 1,184 coho salmon samples.  Provided laboratory staff with list of 2017 baseline tissue samples for genotyping (1,205 fish).  Extracted DNA and genotyped fish sampled in 2017.  Statistically analyzed baseline and determined reporting groups suitable for mixed-stock analysis.  In fall 2018, will collect additional baseline samples from locations that did not meet sampling goals.
Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan Project
The CHSTP is complete and was adopted on 11/27/2018.
Core Area Community Council Boundaries
By code, Planning is required to review the community council boundaries ever three years. The Planning Division reviewed the current community council boundaries and recommended to the Assembly some changes that would give the Borough better census data, and also give citizens a voice. The Assembly approved an adjustment of the boundaries. Residents were notified if their community council boundary changed or they were added into a community council.
Driveway Ordinance
Ordinance 20-016 was adopted by the Assembly on September 15, 2020.
Economic Contributions of Sportfishing in Cook Inlet
Two reports were completed for this project - see the links on the sidebar.
Fisheries Research & Program Planning
Completed in May 2015.  Deliverable included the published Matanuska-Susitna Salmon Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Plan that identified and prioritized goals and objectives.  The FWC used these priorities to select and fund research projects identified below.
Flood Map Update Project06/29/2021
Jim Creek Coho Salmon Weir
ADF&G operated a floating resistance-board weir on Jim Creek at about river mile 0.5 between July 18 and September 24, 2017. A total of 5,646 coho salmon were counted through the weir.  The timing of the run was approximately five days late, based on the mean mid-point historical passage.  The exploitation of the sport fishery in 2017 will be assessed using final results of the Statewide Harvest Survey which will be available in fall 2018.  Additionally, a total of 100 tissue samples were taken from adult coho at the weir to be used toward the genetic baseline.   These results will be reported in an Area Management Report for the Recreational Fisheries of Northern Cook Inlet, 2017-2018, to be published in late 2019-early 2020.
Juvenile Salmon Monitoring
Objective 1 observations: Juvenile Chinook and Coho overlapped in their distribution, with both species present at most of the study sites.  However, there is an indication of spatial segregation among study sites.  At sites where both species were present, their relative abundances were inversely proportional, with generally low juvenile coho catch per unit trap (CPUT) at the sites with greater than average juvenile Chinook CPUT.Objective 2 observations: For Coho, the difference in relative abundance was not explained by differences in stream size or classification.  For Chinook, there was no difference in relative abundance between upland and wetland streams.  Relative abundance was highly variable within each stream class, but sites with relatively high CPUT (>3.0) were all large 3rd order streams, although not all large streams had high CPUT.  In addition to the largest cross-section channel area, these streams had the lowest slopes, and were deeper than other stream types, however there were no other water quality or physical habitat characteristics that distinguished these streams from other classification types.   There was some indication that juvenile salmon growth rates were faster in warmer streams, though other factors may explain this observation.Objective 3: Small-scale habitat characteristics were measured at each trap location in 2017 & 2017; however, habitat suitability criteria and indices are still being developed with combined 2016 & 2017 results.  Habitat suitability indices will be used to evaluate differences in CPUT among sampling sites and stream classification types.
Outdoor Shooting Facilities
Ordinance 20-025 adopted as amended on November 17, 2020.
Pike Eradication in Cottonwood Creek
Catch-per-unit-effort gillnet and minnow trap surveys for pike in Anderson and Kings Lake are complete with bathymetric and water quality data collected.  Environmental DNA samples were collected in Cottonwood Lake and Wasilla Lake in September 2017 and were processed by USFWS to address inconclusive results from May 2017 eDNA survey.  All samples came back negative which confirms that pike presence is restricted to Anderson and Kings Lakes and that eradication is possible to rid the Cottonwood Creek drainage entirely of invasive northern pike.   Once eDNA results are available, a management plan will be written that details the options under consideration for northern pike removal and public meetings will be scheduled. A management plan is in development and public meetings for this project will begin during winter 2018 and spring 2019 (outside this contract timeline). ADF&G hopes to eradicate pike from Anderson and Kings Lakes in 2020.
West Papoose Lake Management Plan Code Amendment
Majority vote was in opposition, the project will not move forward and is now complete.