Monday, August 13, 2012

Juneau's zoning changes to beef up density

This is very impressive news coming out of Juneau. Juneau's Assembly and Planning Commission are very much ahead of the curve here. From an article by the Juneau Empire:

“People may be surprised,” Chaney said. “Something may go up in their community that they hadn’t anticipated.”

The new code allows for apartments in general commercial and light commercial areas that can be “pretty large,” Chaney said.

However, the new codes and guidelines also mean new opportunity, Chaney said.

The new code smooths the transition from commercial to residential zones and allows for a significant increase in residential density. 


Willoughby developers can also benefit from “significantly reduced parking requirements,” Chaney said. A development’s parking requirements in Willoughby are now 60 percent below less congested areas, he said.

“A large amount of this district is occupied by surfaced parking lots,“ Chaney said.

New apartments and condominiums in the area “won’t have to build a huge parking lot,” Chaney said.

Read more here.


Rebecca Barker said...

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Rebecca Barker said...

Sorry, that sentence should have eneded, "while trying to find out if there was an engineering function to the LED display on the JL Tower." My apologies.

marcus said...

Hi Rebecca, Yes I try to blog when I can about Anchorage and its urban related news, however it's merely just a loose hobby (as you can tell by my sporadic updates haha). I'm not really interested right now in chiming in on my thoughts, but thanks for the offer, it's much appreciated.