Chapter 15 SLA 09 allocates a portion of the State of Alaska's CIAP funds to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development for legislatively-named recipents. The Aleutians East Borough (AEB) was allocated $$602,768 through this legislation. This project, Create a Resource Development Land Use Permitting System to Protect Coastal Resources in the Aleutians East Borough Resource Development District, is being carried out by the AEB with its CIAP funds.
The AEB Resource Development District was approved by the AEB Assembly and incorporated into the AEB Code in 2006. The AEB comprises the westernmost portion of the Alaska Peninsula and a number of Aleutian islands. There are five incorporated cities and two unincorporated villages within the boundaries of the borough.
January 15, 2012 to January 15, 2016
In 2006, the AEB Code was amended to establish a Resource Development District in anticipation of oil, gas and mining resource development opportunities (AEBMC §40.15.040). A Planning Commission was established to ensure systematic and organized development of the borough through a Comprehensive Plan, a Coastal Zone Management Plan, and Land Use Regulations (Permitting and Zoning) (AEBMC §40.05).
To date, the AEB has developed a Comprehensive Plan and a Coastal Zone Management Plan (AEBMC §40.10). It also has established Zoning Districts (AEBMC §40.15) and developed a basic outline of how Land Use Permitting and Zoning will be completed in the Resource Development District (AEBMC §40.20). The Planning Commission was named and started meeting in 2009. However, AEB has not yet developed a Permitting Program to manage resource development within the Resource Development District. A resource development land use permitting system to protect coastal resources in the AEB Resource Development District will be accomplished through this project.
The goal of this porject will be to maximize resource development opportunities while protecting coastal resources through an organized, efficient permit program that implements the goals and objectives of the AEB Code and the Alaska Coastal Zone Management Program.
This project is currently underway.
Community Development Coordinator
Phone: (907) 274-7555
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development