Mat-Su Area Plan Public Meeting

posted Mar 8, 2010, 6:27 AM by Tim Swezey
Link to: Mat-Su Area Plan

Susitna Matanuska Area Plan
Public Review Draft - Comment Period
Public Meetings

SKWENTNA – Thursday, March 18 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Skwentna Roadhouse
WILLOW – Monday, March 22 from 7:00-9:30 pm at Willow Community Center, Mile 70 Parks Highway
TALKEETNA – Tuesday, March 23 from 6:00-8:30 pm at Talkeetna Elem. School, 13798 E Veterans Way
TRAPPER CREEK – Wednesday, March 24 from 6:00-8:30 pm at Trapper Creek Elem. School, 6742
Petersville Rd.
GLACIER VIEW – Thursday, March 25 from 1-4 pm at Long Rifle Lodge, Mile 102 Glenn Highway
SUTTON – Thursday, March 25 from 6-8:30 pm at Sutton Public Library, Mile 0.1 Jonesville Road
ANCHORAGE – Tuesday, March 30 from 6:00-8:30 pm at Atwood Building, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 240
WASILLA – Wednesday, March 31 from 6:00-8:30 pm at Cottonwood Public Safety Building (Fire Station
65), intersection of Seward Meridian and the Palmer-Wasilla Highway

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has revised the state land use plan for over 9 million acres of
state land in the Susitna and Matanuska river valleys. This public review draft (PRD) of the Susitna Matanuska Area
Plan (SMAP) is available for review until May 5, 2010.

The SMAP revises the majority of the 1985 Susitna Area Plan (SAP), encompassing most of the land within the
Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Not included in the SMAP is the area generally between Palmer and Willow which is
covered by the 2008 Southeast Susitna Area Plan, the Hatcher Pass Management Plan (currently under revision), and the Knik River Public Use Area. Also not included is the northeast corner of the borough, the area of land accessed from the Denali Highway, and Lake Louise. These regions are still guided by the 1985 SAP. For more detail of the planning area, refer to the website below.

The SMAP designates primary uses on state land, provides general management guidelines for a variety of land uses and resources, and identifies specific management intent for individual units of land. Half of the state land has been designated for wildlife habitat. This land will be retained in state ownership and managed to support fish and
wildlife resources and their associated habitats. About 800,000 acres is designated Minerals and will be managed
primarily for the mineral resource. Forestry is the designation for about 700,000 acres and will be managed to
support forest resources and other related uses. Another 700,000 acres is designated for Settlement and is intended to provide a pool of land for future state land sales. The remainder is designated for a variety of land uses including coal, public recreation, agriculture, and water resources. A Land Classification Order (LCO) will be adopted with this plan which classifies each unit of land consistent with the land use designations as stated above.

The draft plan, LCO, maps and other information can be found on the Internet at: or request a copy from the address below to be either emailed as anattachment or mailed as a CD. Paper copies of the plan will be available for review by early March at local libraries, DNR’s Public Information Center at 550 W 7th Ave. in Anchorage, at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough office at 350 E. Dahlia Ave. in Palmer, or by request using the contact information listed below.

Please come to one of the public meetings to learn about the plan and its recommendations for land use and
guidelines. Following a presentation there will be an opportunity for the public to comment on the recommendations found in the plan. Comments can also be sent directly to the address below. To receive full consideration comments must be received by DNR before 5:00 pm on May 5, 2010.

Contact- Mail: DNR, Division of Mining, Land & Water, Resource Assessment and Development Section
550 West 7th Ave, Suite 1050, Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3579
Phone: (907) 269-8534 or Fax: (907) 269-8915