Businesses and residents agree, the availability of affordable housing is the top barrier to economic development in Juneau, according to surveys conducted by McDowell Group and Sheinberg Associates.McDowell Group Owner and President Jim Calvin revealed this and more during a presentation on the Juneau Economic Development Plan at Monday night's Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting. Data from the past decade - including income, employment rates and more - has been collected and analyzed to build the plan's framework.
By 2025, seniors are expected to have grown to include 20 percent of Juneau's population.
No single-family homes between $150,000 and $250,000 were sold in the last year, according to a report given by a group of Juneau builders.
A $1 million grant from the state could save the city one year of water rate increases, Public Works director Kirk Duncan said.
In a close vote, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly removed the 16-foot length limit on vessels in Auke Lake and forbid flushing of motors in the lake.
The city's operating budget will be about $12 million in the red over the next couple years, the City and Borough of Juneau finance department predicts.
It also takes a lot to keep the infrastructure up and running, city Public Works Director Kirk Duncan said. The department needs to fund about $73 million in infrastructure improvements.
City leaders expressed concern Monday night over a final recommendation for an update to the Capital Transit Plan because a number of desired additions failed to make the cut.
The assembly held a special meeting Monday to determine the fate of Dragon Inn's liquor license, called into question due to an outstanding utility bill.
City officials are staring down a $1.5 million budget deficit in 2015, and more than twice that the following year. The $3.47 million shortfall in FY 2016 means the City and Borough of Juneau will be about $4.
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