Coming to a motel, or shopping center near you

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and two Assembly members are pushing a proposed ordinance that would allow the city to put homeless shelters pretty much wherever it wants – while stifling the public process.

The ordinance, AO No. 2020-58, would amend the municipal code to allow such things as homeless and transient shelters outside the Public Lands and Institution zoning district, placing them in B3 zoning areas intended primarily for general commercial uses in commercial centers. The ordinance also allows all that without Planning and Zoning Commission review.

It was offered by Berkowitz, and Assembly members John Weddleton and Meg Zaletel.

“Anchorage is in its capability to provide mass shelter and has permanently altered the landscape for homeless sheltering,” the memorandum accompanying the ordinance says. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we Anchorage provide more options for locating these critical social services, which can only happen by allowing Homeless and Transient Shelters in more than one zoning district.”

The move is being driven by the limited, and shrinking, availability of suitable parcels within the Public Lands and Institution district, ordinance sponsors say.

“Additionally, as most PLI zoned properties are undeveloped or developed with public institutions, there is virtually no opportunity to take advantage of existing infrastructure that could be renovated to accommodate homeless or transient facilities,” the memo says.

The memo also suggests the “ordinance has no private sector economic effects.”

We are not impressed. Good, bad or indifferent, when government eschews established public process to hastily achieve an aim it deserves more than a hard look from the public. Allowing the spread of homeless and transient facilities all over Anchorage will have serious and lasting private sector economic effects on businesses and neighborhoods.

Time to rethink this one.

7 Responses to Coming to a motel, or shopping center near you

  1. Jim Schradle June 18, 2020 at 11:35 am

    I’m sure the Turnagain neighborhood would like to participate, also.

  2. Morrigan June 18, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    The fact that the ordinance bypasses the Planning and Zoning Commission so a large portion of midtown can be rezoned to include any number of homeless shelters tells productive residents what the Peoples Assembly thinks of them and their “worries”
    …and what they can do about it, which is nothing.
    Unless of course one is a slumlord whose “contributions” to the Peoples Assembly members have not gone unnoticed, in which case… Jackpot!
    More to the point, it might be fun after the sale goes through to see how often “1000 East 36th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99508” turns up in Anchorage’s voter registrations…

  3. AK Fish June 18, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Or how about next to or across from 1957 & 1949 Wildwood Lane residences (Berkowitz/Kimmel Family Trust-per MOA Property Tax information database)?

  4. Marlin Savage June 19, 2020 at 6:52 am

    When the Boniface and University Malls couldn’t make it, the government stepped in. Likewise the Red Roof Inn. Burky, in his attempt to turn Anchorage into a fecal strewn city like his hometown San Fransicko, is at it again. His last residence purchase for the homeless cost the Taxpayers over $350,000 per room!!

  5. Dave June 19, 2020 at 6:59 am

    Pink zone directly in front or bercufectless residence.
    Perfect, close so he can see and smell the rosy results of his compassion at others expense .

  6. Marlin Savage June 19, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Video shows absolute carnage done to hotel after libs turn it into a homeless sanctuary

  7. John London June 19, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Why not just have a fish camp on the bank of Ship creek? IT would be great for tourist. Some enterprising malcontent could open a pot shop nearby as many white tourist seem to prefer the loco weed over booze.

    I could hear the ads now. “Come see real Alaska bush living where everyone loves the land and you can be a part of Alaskan life”.

    Many of the so-called homeless are used to living at marginal places like fish camps along major salmon rivers in Interior Alaska.

    They are at home with no home. Get it now lefties.

    The word homeless in Alaska is a total fabricated fake word invented by the left to make hay off of them. The left needs to stop using these people for political gain and mega virtue signaling.


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