In anticipation of the move to Mertarvik, the Newtok community recognized the need for a community layout plan that would provide details on what the new village would be like, and would guide the new village’s efficient and orderly development.
The Newtok community wanted to ensure that the community layout plan would be designed to meet the needs of Newtok residents. In addition to being functional for their daily activities, the layout needed to consider the topography of Mertarvik as well as operation and maintenance costs of village infrastructure and facilities. The critical planning requirements for the community layout plan included the following criteria:
Mertarvik Community Layout Plan (HDR Alaska). Click graphic to download full document (.pdf)
The Mertarvik Community Layout Plan (CLP) evolved as a result of several planning efforts:
The Newtok community identified the following goals and objectives for the development of the new village at Martarvik:
Goal 1: Provide access to the natural environment
Create connections to the setting and preserve access to subsistence resources, including fishing, hunting and berry picking areas.
Goal 2: Preserve traditional way of life
Maintain Newtok’s traditional way of life including Eskimo dancing and learning from the elders.
Goal 3: Use reliable, affordable and sustainable infrastructure
Improve the quality of life of Newtok residents by providing basic infrastructure that can be maintained by the community.
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