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Ward Creek Trail, Again

By Eric Muench


February 20, 2015
Friday AM

A threat to Ward Creek Trail has receded for now but the risk is still there. The Ward Cove Group proposal to purchase and fully develop the Borough s 297 acres out the Revilla Road, including residential development of Ward Creek Trail in Tract B, has been withdrawn. That is good news, but we cannot let the matter rest there. A new proposal could be made at any time by anyone for any Borough vacant land. It would then be considered and possibly negotiated and approved by the Manager and Mayor and Assembly members. These people are not pushovers; they had serious concerns about the recent proposal, but it would have been better if the proposer had known beforehand what the intents and limits of the Borough s RFP were. It had been too open-ended.

Because of the great public investment and value of Ward Creek Trail the Assembly should now make it a matter of Borough policy that Tract B, containing the trail and Ward Lake Access Road, is not eligible for sale or for contrary development.

Then the Planning Department and Commission and the Assembly, involving public input, should start a process of developing a conceptual plan of what are the best uses for these lands, whether in the short of long term. Planning for such a large piece of road accessible public land must not again be left to the initiative of just one person.

Eric Muench
Ketchikan, Alaska


Received February 16, 2015 - Published February 20, 2015

About: "I am a resident who is thankful that our Borough manager, mayor and assembly took a good close look at the recent Ward Cove Group proposal."



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