Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai to discuss land management plan Monday

The City of Kenai owns 369 subdivided parcels.

The Kenai City Council will meet with members of several city commissions on Monday for a joint work session to discuss the city’s draft land management plan. Development of city land has been identified as a priority by several city administrators and city council members.

The City of Kenai owns 369 subdivided parcels that include wetlands and tidelands, as well as other parcels deemed suitable for residential, commercial, industrial and recreational purposes, according to a Sept. 9 memo from Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander.

A citywide approach to land management was first approved by the Kenai City Council in 2018, Ostrander wrote. The draft plan, more than 200 pages long, responds to city goals that include providing an inventory of city land, identifying properties required for a public purpose and setting recommendations for surplus city land, among other things.

In attendance Monday will be the Kenai City Council, the Kenai Airport Commission, the Kenai Harbor Commission, the Kenai Parks and Recreation Commission and the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission. The work session will be held at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

“This work session is an important first step in engaging the public to better identify the community’s values, ideas and recommendations related to our City-owned public lands,” Ostrander wrote in a Sept. 21 memo to work session participants. “Administration has spent over three years preparing this document so that detailed information about lands is available in a single, readable document for the first time.”

The draft land management plan can be viewed on the city’s website at kenai.city.

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

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