The visioning portion of this plan was initiated with its first public meeting on August 30, 2018. The Steering Committee commenced developing the plan components at their first public meeting on December 12, 2018. To stay attuned to future developments, please bookmark this website, as it will be updated regularly until plan adoption.
The mission of Blueprint Downtown is to create a long-term area plan for the Downtown Juneau area that reflects current public desires and incorporates past work from relevant existing plans. Right now, Blueprint Downtown is in it’s Visioning stage. Our team has been working hard to connect with the community and listen to your ideas and concerns. With your help, we are working towards drafting a core Vision that will help guide the steering committee through the remainder of the planning process.
Below can be found documents, presentations and minutes from the various meetings and events that took place as the plan was in development.
Blueprint Downtown Email Address
Beth McKibben, AICP, Senior Planner, Project Manager
P: 907.586.0465 – E: Beth.McKibben@juneau.org
Tim Felstead, Planner II, Assistant Project Manager
P: 907.586.0466 – E: Tim.Felstead@juneau.org
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Juneau Arts & Culture Center
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Cultural Identity, Sustainability, and the Environment
What should be the central identity of Downtown Juneau, how do we capture that quality, and how do we appeal to both residents and seasonal visitors? This tour includes the Arts District, Sea Walk portions, and the 'Flats' neighborhood.
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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Heritage Coffee Shop at Front St. & Seward St.
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Vehicles, Parking, and the Pedestrian Experience
This tour will walk the primary working core and portions of the Willoughby/Shoreline district. Street 'reality' will identify and promote conversation about the trade-off between parking and auto use versus pedestrian safety and neighborhood attractiveness.
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At its public hearing on October 23, 2018, the CBJ Planning Commission approved 13 people for the Blueprint Downtown Steering Committee. The Blueprint team would like to thank all those that applied to be on the Steering Committee – it was a difficult task to select those chosen out of the many excellent applications. Committee Members are:
Tahlia Gerger, Student Representative
Nathaniel Dye, Planning Commission Liaison
Former Member, Wayne Jensen
Former Member, Meilani Schijvens
Former Student Representative, Lily Otsea
Role of Steering Committee and its Members
The primary responsibility of the steering committee is to serve as the voice of the public, and the conscience of the plan; and when necessary makes recommendations on zoning changes, design standards, and other items pertinent to the planning initiative. Additionally, the steering committee may provide guidance to other CBJ Boards and Commissions. An ideal steering committee member must have a willingness and dedication to commit both time and energy to the steering committee; have an interest in planning and development, civic engagement, and the protection of the environment; and possess a willingness to encourage and accept input from residents and those affected by the actions made by the steering committee.
Blueprint Downtown Visioning Process
The City and Borough of Juneau’s Blueprint Downtown area plan will establish the community’s 20-year vision, goals, priorities, and action strategies to guide downtown development into the future.
Work on Blueprint Downtown started in mid-2018 and is scheduled for completion in 2020. The first stage of Blueprint Downtown was completed in February 2019 by a consultant team. This first component established an overall community vision for Blueprint Downtown, which then will inform details of the broader area plan as it is completed.
This vision document builds upon existing plans, augmented with substantial new public input. The goal was to identify a general vision for how downtown Juneau should grow and develop, with detailed backup materials to identify the range of concerns and input.
The completed vision summarizes planning results into nine focus areas that cover the range of issues. Each identifies vision priorities, as well as strategies for cultivating opportunities and addressing challenges, ensuring that downtown Juneau continues to be a place to live, work, visit, and play.
Many thanks to the consultant team, who helped us through the project visioning process for our downtown community. They are not only a wonderful group of professionals, but also Juneau citizens who are invested in bringing out the very best for our town. It was a real pleasure working with you all.
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