Interim Public Engagement report now available, Q/A page updated.
Update: October 16, 2017
The Athena Group has provided an interim report, to summarize the public engagement process to date. The report is intended as a preview of study results for community members and City decision-makers, and will be followed by a final report later this year. To read the report, click on the image, below. Also, the list of Questions and Answers gathered during the Open Houses and Community Cafe meetings has been posted on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Join the conversation happening right now, online!
Update: September 5, 2017.
In addition to in-person meetings and open houses, the City has launched an online forum where residents can have an open and honest conversation about how annexation could impact current and potential new residents, businesses, and landowners.
All views in our community matter! Join the conversation at https://soldotna.consider.it to share your thoughts and stay current on what others are saying.
Are you in one of the Study Areas being considered?
The areas adjacent to the City of Soldotna that are currently being evaluated, are shown on the map, above. Click on the thumbnail to open a larger PDF file, then click on any of the Study Areas to open a more detailed map for that area.
Envision Soldotna 2030, the City's comprehensive plan, was adopted in 2011 after significant public input, as a kind of road map created to guide us toward realizing the community's vision:
Soldotna is a vibrant community in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula, providing a high quality of life through care and attention to both the natural and built environment, and cherishing its past while reaching out to the future.
One of the many recommendations in the plan, is to explore the potential for annexation, as a way of promoting orderly high-quality development, cost-effective extension of public services, opportunities for large-scale developments requiring larger parcels, protection of the City's sales tax base, and protection of the natural environment. Additionally, the plan recommends coordinating with neighboring communities and landowners to identify common interests and goals.
Though annexation has been discussed and considered many times in the past, the City is following through on the plan's recommendation of exploring annexation, in two phases:
- The first phase identified study areas around the existing City limits, which could be considered for potential incorporation into the City. A fiscal impact analysis was then conducted, to estimate the cost of providing City services to those areas, and evaluate whether revenue generated in the areas would be sufficient to cover the costs.
- The second phase of exploring the need and potential for annexation, is a robust public engagement process, to allow all area residents the opportunity to share information about why the City is considering annexation and what the potential impacts would be, and to gather comments and feedback from the community about the issue.
Please explore the materials provided on this web page, join the conversation to share your thoughts and hear from others, as we consider this important issue.