Submitted by: Assemblymember COFFEY
Prepared by: Department of Assembly
AO NO. 2005-_____
AN ORDINANCE OF THE ANCHORAGE ASSEMBLY AMENDING THE FAR NORTH BICENTENNIAL PARK MASTER PLAN TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENTS FOUND IN SECTION 4: MITIGATION MEASURES AND SECTION 5: PROHIBITED USES AS SET FORTH IN AO 2002-165 AND TO PROVIDE FOR MULTIPLE USES OF THE FAR NORTH BICENTENNIAL PARK.
Section 1: The Updated Far North Bicentennial Park Master Plan, is hereby amended to delete the section titled Mitigation measures as set forth in AO 2002-165. The deleted section is as follows:
SECTION 4: MITIGATION MEASURES.
NINETY DAYS OF ENCACTMENT OF THIS ORDINANCE, THE PARKS AND
RECREATION COMMISSION SHALL CONSIDER AND RECOMMEND SUCH MEASURES
AS IT DEEMS APPROPRIATGE TO MITIGATE THE LOSS OF NATURAL OPEN
SPACE PARK LAND TO DEVELOPMENT OF A BALL FIELD COMPLEX REQUIRED
BY THIS ORDINANCE. IT IS THE INTENT OF THE ASSEMBLY THAT
MITIGATION MEASURES RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISION BE CAPABLE OF
IMPLEMENTTATION WITHINT TWENTY-FOUR MONTHS OF ENACTMENT OF THIS
ORDINANCE. IN THIS SECTION MITIGATION MEANS THE
TRANSFER OF LAND TO PARK STATUS AND EXEMPTION OF SUCH LAND FROM
FUTURE CLEARING, FILING OR DEVELOPMENT OR OTHER SUCH ACTIONS AS
WILL ACCOMPLISH THE OBJECTIVES STATED BELOW. LAND TRANSFERRED
SHOULD BE OF COMPARABLE ECOLOGICAL AND NATURAL VALUE, AND SUCH BE
SITUATED TO ALLOW INCLUSION IN FAR NORTH BICENTENNIAL PARK
THROUGH FUTURE REVISION OF THE PARK PLAN. THE OBJECTIOS OF
MITIGATION ARE TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY AND CONTINUANCE OF FAR
RECOMMENDED, MITIGATION MEASURES INCLUDE TRANSFER OF
Section 2: The Far North Bicentennial Park Master Plan as amended by AO 2002-165 by the addition of land to the section entitled Prohibited Uses ,is hereby amended to read:
In view of potential degradation of the park, as a measure of public safety, and consistent with the objectives of this Far North Bicentennial Park Master Plan to 1) maintain the lands described in perpetuity as a public park for the benefit of the citizens of Alaska; 2) to preserve the streambeds, watershed areas and wildlife habitat in as pristine a condition as possible allowing for compatible use of the area for nature appreciation by the public; and 3) to provide regulations and controls which will accomplish these objectives and insure the continuous maintenance of these lands [IN A NEARLY NATURAL STATE] in a nearly natural state for the benefit of future generations the following uses are prohibited:
Section 3: The Far North Bicentennial Park Master Plan is amended by deleting the following language added to the Plan under the section entitled Prohibited Uses by AO 2002-165
5. GIVEN THE EXTENT OF DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE PARK, INCLUDING SIGNIFICANT REVISION OF THE PLAN TO ALLOW EXTENSIVE SPORTS FIELD DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE PARK, AND GIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN ADJACENT PLI LAND CONVEYED TO THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE WITH THE PARK; NO FURTHER CLEARING OF LAND OR DRAINING OF FILILING OF WETLANDS SHALL BE ALLOWED WITHIN FAR NORTH BICENTENNIAL PARK.
Section 4: The Far North Bicentennial Park Master Plan is amended by adding the following language under the section entitled Prohibited Uses as item number 5 in the section which was added by AO 2002-165 under the sub title The enumeration of prohibited uses in this Plan shall not prevent or restrict the following activities:
5. Such other activities as may be provided for in this Plan or as may be provided for by amendments to this Plan.
Section 5: The Far North Bicentennial Park Master Plan is amended by deleting the following language under the section entitled Prohibited Uses by AO 2002-165.
THE RESTRICTIONS ABOVE SHALL TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ALL
OTHER SECTIONS OF THIS PLAN.
Section 6: The provisions of this ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage and approval.
PASSED AND APPROVED by the Anchorage Assembly this _______ day of _______________, 2005.