August 9, 2012 | Volume XLII Number 32

Assembly to take up comprehensive plan

Haines Borough Assembly is set to introduce the municipality’s revised comprehensive plan at its regular meeting starting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The 300-page plan is a summary of local economic and demographic information that taps sources including a scientific opinion survey of residents conducted a year ago. It also lays out community goals. It was written by Sheinberg Associates of Juneau and cost $100,000.

The borough website describes the plan as a “community blueprint” that will “lay out Haines’ desired future, goals to achieve this future, and describe specific ways the community can use and manage resources, land and investments to achieve this desired future.”

“The new plan will be action-oriented; the goal is to use it,” according to the website.

Recent criticism of the plan includes that community goals and strategies it lists are so wide-ranging as to appear unachievable.

For example, under a goal of “achieving a strong, diversified economy” are 15 objectives including “adding value to local fisheries” and “supporting mineral development,” with myriad strategies listed for achieving each objective.

Borough manager Mark Earnest said in an interview last week that the assembly by 2013 will develop a “strategic plan” to decide what parts of the comprehensive plan to pursue.

“That will be more of a working plan for implementation. We’ll set out a course for program priorities and capital improvement projects for the next three years,” Earnest said.