The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meets this Tuesday rather than Monday, because of the New Year’s Day holiday.
On the agenda is a rezone that would allow Island to Island Veterinary Clinic to open a new office on Carlanna Lake Road; an ordinance that would allow off-leash dogs inside Weiss Fields next to Point Higgins Elementary School; and approval of a marijuana manufacturing license application.
The rezone has been recommended for approval by the borough’s planning commission. It would add veterinary and kennel use to the list of allowed uses for 355 Carlanna Lake Road, which formerly housed a medical clinic.
Trevor Sande of White Rock Holdings wrote in a letter to the borough that they have a purchase agreement with Island to Island’s owners. And they have a plan to mitigate noise concerns.
The ordinance allowing off-leash dogs at Weiss Fields was requested by a local resident. Those fields are securely fenced, and dog owners have used them to exercise dogs that don’t get along well with other dogs. Some of those owners have been fined for violating the leash law. If the ordinance is approved, they would be allowed to exercise their dogs inside those fields whenever there are no scheduled events or games.
Accompanying that ordinance is an increase to the borough’s fine for not cleaning up animal waste. It would double to $200.
Sparkle Farms in the Ward Cove area, owned by Chris Wilhelm, has applied for a marijuana product manufacturing license. The business already has a cultivation license, and would be making products at the same site. Borough staff have recommended that the assembly find no reason to protest the state business license application.
Also Tuesday, the assembly will have a work session to discuss the National Flood Insurance Program.
The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in borough assembly chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.