Another opportunity to comment on the Big Lake City proposal

Saturday, March 07 2015 @ 07:52 AM AKST

Contributed by: DG

The State of Alaska LBC (Local Boundary Commission) has released a "Notice of Public Comment Period on the Final Report Concerning the Houston Annexation Petition and the Big Lake City Incorporation Petition and Notice of an LBC Public Hearing and Decisional Meeting Regarding the Houston Annexation Petition and the Big Lake City Incorporation Petition." The comment period is open, and there will be a meeting in Big Lake.

The Local Boundary Commission (LBC or commission) staff final report concerning the petition to incorporate the community of Big Lake as a second class city, and the petition to annex to the City of Houston was released on March 6, 2015. Procedures governing departmental reports are set out in 3 AAC 110.530. The report recommends that the LBC approve the Houston annexation petition without amendment or condition.

The LBC staff final report also recommends that the commission condition the proposed Big Lake incorporation upon voter approval of a proposition authorizing the city to levy a 2.57 mil rate real property tax. The staff also recommends that the commission amend the boundaries of the proposed city of Big Lake by reducing the size to approximately 76.8 square miles. A map with the recommended boundaries is shown below. [See attachment link]. This is the same rate we pay in taxes now, and I was assured there would be no new taxes.

The report and both petitions with related materials will be available on the LBC website at: . If the report is not immediately available on the LBC website, contact the LBC staff to request a copy. The direct link to the report titled "03 06 15 Big Lake and Houston Final Report with appendices.pdf" may be found here:

These recommendations differ from those in the preliminary report. For that reason, interested persons or entities may file with the LBC written comments regarding the final report recommendations. Comments should also be served on (sent to) the applicable petitioner(s). Comments submitted to the LBC staff should be accompanied by a statement that the comment was served on the applicable petitioner(s), or the commenter should notify LBC staff of an inability to serve comments on the petitioner. Public comments must be filed and served in accordance with 3 AAC 110.480(d) and 3 AAC 110.700. The LBC has waived the requirement that commenters send a paper original of an electronically submitted comment. Oral comments on the recommendations for amendment and conditional approval may be given at the hearing under 3 AAC 110.560. Written comments on the recommendations must be received by 4:30 pm, Friday, March 27, 2015 at:

LBC Staff
550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 1640, Anchorage, AK 99501-3510
Phone: 907-269-4559 • Fax: 907-269-4563 •


Big Lake Incorporation Petition

Jim Faiks, Petitioner’s Representative

19559 W. Bryant Road, Big Lake, AK 99652


Houston Annexation Petition

Mayor Virgie Thompson, Petitioner’s Representative

13878 W. Armstrong, Houston, AK 99694

It is recommended that persons interested in receiving future LBC notices, updates, and materials by email subscribe to the LBC notice list server by visiting , selecting “DCED-Local Boundary Commission,” clicking “join or leave,” and following the instructions.

The LBC chair consolidated the two petitions because their proposed territories overlapped, and because the petitions were accepted for filing at the same time. The commission will convene a public consolidated hearing under 3 AAC 110.560 regarding the City of Houston annexation petition, and the petition to incorporate Big Lake. The public hearing will be held in the:

Big Lake Lions Recreation Center
2939 Lions Court, Big Lake, AK 99652
April 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

If necessary, the LBC will reconvene at the same location the next day, April 16, 2015, at 10:00 am. The commission will convene a decisional meeting for each petition under 3 AAC 110.570 immediately after the hearing in the same location. Once prepared, hearing and decisional meeting materials will be available from LBC staff, or at .

LBC staff is working to make the hearing and decisional meetings available via teleconference. Please contact the staff for further information if you are interested in participating by teleconference. Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids, services, or special modifications to participate must contact LBC staff by Friday, April 3, 2015.

Additional materials relating to this action may be found under the "Big Lake City" topic:

In conclusion, "Commerce finds that the Big Lake petition as amended meets the incorporation standards. Commerce recommends that the commission approve the petition after amending it to reduce the boundary size to the size shown in the map, of approximately 76.8 square miles. The staff also recommends that the LBC condition approval upon voter approval of a proposition authorizing the city to levy a 2.57 mil rate real property tax."

Related article: Assembly Special Meeting Re: Discussion on the Big Lake Incorporation

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