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Tourist Destination & Planning--not just Ketchikan
By Bobbie McCreary


September 04, 2007
Tuesday PM

Win-Win instead of Attack-Attack. From recent postings, Zig Ziegler provides the concept of a venture capital fund to assist local start-up businesses. This is an excellent idea that Zig and others with the financial wherewithal could initiate to support new entrepreneurs and encourage new business owners to Ketchikan. Laura Lowell calls for incentives to encourage businesses to bring variety to our downtown and create year-round employment and suggests some ideas worth considering. These concepts are solution oriented.

But wait, Ketchikan is not the only SouthEast Alaska community addressing this topic. Go to the following web page to read Chapter 10 of Juneau's newly drafted Comprehensive Plan:

Quoting section 10.8.2. "Establish a Visitor-Oriented Retail Overlay District within a quarter-mile of cruise ship docks within the Downtown Juneau within which the number, and square footage, of gift shops primarily selling Tee-shirt and of jewelry stores should be limited to the absolute number that existed at the date of the adoption of Plan Policy 10.8. The CBJ Community Development Department would maintain an account of the number of such businesses permitted within the overlay district. Any such retail outlay may change ownership and may move from location to location within the overlay district, provided that the absolute number and square footage of the use does not exceed the established limit."

I find it interesting that Juneau is taking the approach of crafting language in their 300 page Comprehensive Plan to address this issue. (Wonder if they are being called racist? Probably not...)

Its time for our Borough to step forward and take the lead. Ketchikan needs a long range comprehensive plan and it needs leaders in place to make sure it happens.

Bobbie McCreary
Ketchikan, AK


Received September 03, 2007 - Published September 04, 2007

Related Viewpoint:

letter Jewelry Store Initiative Is Dead Wrong By Zig Ziegler - Ketchikan, AK


About: "Resident of the Newtown Area (1998) who is interested in win-win solutions from a comprehensive business planning process for Ketchikan."


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