Assembly to consider sale of ‘surplus’ borough land

The program would be similar to land auctions offered at the state level for land owned by the State of Alaska.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration building in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration building in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Certain pieces of land owned by the Kenai Peninsula Borough could become available for purchase under legislation the borough assembly will consider at their next meeting.

The legislation, Ordinance 2021-23, would authorize certain parcels of borough land by outcry auction to be followed by an over-the-counter sale. The program would be similar to land auctions offered at the state level for land owned by the State of Alaska.

A memo from Land Management Agent Aaron Hughes to the assembly describes the parcels identified by the legislation as “surplus to the [borough’s] needs.”

The live outcry auction would tentatively be planned for the second week of August at Soldotna High School, though the legislation acknowledges that date is subject to change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. An over-the-counter sale would take place after the outcry auction sale “to keep the properties on the market over a longer term.”

The ordinance describes that most parcels listed would be authorized for sale at “a minimum of the fair market value” as determined by the borough’s assessing department. General parcel locations include Nikiski Wik Lake, Hope, Soldotna, Cooper Landing and Homer. Parcel acreage ranges from .9 acres to 50.96 acres.

The legislation was approved for introduction by the assembly during their June 15 meeting and is scheduled for a public hearing and vote at the assembly’s July 6 meeting.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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