Empire Live: Tourism task force turns attention to waterfront plan

Empire Live: Tourism task force turns attention to waterfront plan

Long-range plan and public opinion survey are today’s focus.

12:35 p.m.

Task force member Wade Bryson said in light of the public testimony the task force has received, there’s already been a survey of sorts conducted.

Bryson said a survey should be conducted once construction is done on Egan Drive and after the Archipelago Lot project is completed.

“This summer, I don’t think we’re going to get any new or valid information or anything that is going to help us,” Bryson said.

Task force chair Carole Triem said while the task force has heard a lot of public testimony, it has largely come from a “homogeneous” group, and she would be interested in hearing from a wider swath of Juneau residents

12:29 p.m.

Task force member Kirby Day asked when it is typically considered time for communities to revisit a long-range plan.

Pierce said typically when a long-range plan reaches the end of its planning horizon or when conditions change to such a degree that a plan should be changed, too.

12:20 p.m.

Alexandra Pierce, planing manager for the city’s Community Development Department, is giving a presentation about a potential survey to conduct a survey of visitors to Juneau. The task force is to consider whether additional surveys may be needed.

Pierce is also asking the task force to consider what the sort of tourism management policies the city should have on the books.

12:12 p.m.

Michele Elfers, deputy director for the city’s parks and recreation department, is giving the task force an over view of a long-range plan from 2004. Elfers said the plan was intended to cover a 20-year range, so it is still important to the discussion.

“The Seawalk came out of this plan,” Elfers said.

12:05 p.m.

Today, the City and Borough of Juneau Visitor Industry Task Force will focus on a long-range plan for the city’s waterfront.

Presentation and discussion of a public opinion survey is also on the agenda.

It will be interesting to hear how Norwegian Cruise Lines developments may impact the long-range plan.

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