Community land trusts bring affordability home
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Affordable housing advocates in Sitka are looking at a new strategy for leveling the market for low- and middle-income home buyers. Community Land Trusts have been around for about thirty years in the US, but are only recently getting traction in Alaska.
Michael Brown is a Community Land Trust consultant with Burlington Associates, who met with Sitka’s municipal government at the firehall on Tuesday (12-18-12) evening, and spoke to the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
He also appeared on KCAW’s Morning Interview, where he explained the rationale for creating community land trusts.
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State planners still see a road across Baranof Island as an important part of transportation infrastructure -- though it may take decades to become reality. The Department of Transportation held an open house and informational meeting in Sitka this week (8-20-14) on the latest draft of the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan. And while maintaining and refurbishing the ferry system is high on the list of priorities for the region, major road construction -- both in Juneau and in Sitka -- remains on the books. more
Sitka drivers frustrated by poor road conditions on Halibut Point Road during this summer’s paving project can take heart: It’s going to get better. Al Clough, the Southeast Regional director for the Department of Transportation says that while heavy rains have been a setback, the road will be done -- or a driveable temporary surface in place -- by the end of the paving season a month from now. more