Planning Commission

Responsibility

The Borough Planning Commission is authorized and directed to perform the duties and exercise the powers conferred upon said commission by the ordinances of the borough and the laws of the state. It shall be the duty of the Planning Commission to prepare, from time to time, plans for the systematic development and betterment of the entire borough as a place of residence and for business.

Duties of the Commission

  • Prepare a Comprehensive Plan
  • Act as the Platting Authority
  • Review and Recommend Land Use Regulations
  • Review and Recommend the Rezone of Property
  • Act on Variances, Conditional Use Permits(CUPs), and Land Use Permits
  • Hear Appeals from Administrative Decisions

Meetings

The Planning Commission meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month with the ability to meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month as needed. The filing deadline for a Planning Commission meeting is the Friday after the previous month's meeting.

Planning Commission Rules of Procedure (PDF)

Appeals

Decisions of the Planning Commission/Platting Board may be appealed within 15 days of the date of decision. Conditional use permits and variances may be appealed to the Board of Adjustment (Borough Assembly). Subdivision approvals may be appealed to Superior Court. Specific questions on appeals may be directed to the Department of Planning and Community Development.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Appointment Process

The members of the Planning Commission are appointed by the Borough Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Assembly. The Planning Commission consists of 7 members: 4 who reside within the Ketchikan city limits, and 3 who reside in the Borough outside the Ketchikan City limits. Appointments to City seats on the commission are recommended by the Ketchikan City Council. Annual appointments are made the first Assembly meeting in March.

Applications for appointment are being accepted at the Office of the Borough Clerk for three Planning Commission positions: two for members who reside within the Borough, but outside the corporate limits of the City of Ketchikan and one for a member who resides within the Borough and inside the corporate limits of the City of Ketchikan. The terms of office for all three positions will end March 1, 2027. Applications are being accepted until Friday, February 23, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. and must include a declaration of candidacy, a personal resume, and a statement of qualification and interest.  

AS 39.50 requires Planning Commissioners file a Public Official Financial Disclosure Statement within thirty (30) days of taking office. 

Application for Appointment - Member Residing Outside City Limits

Application for Appointment - Member Residing Within City Limits 

Additional information is available from the Office of the Borough Clerk: 1900 First Avenue, Suite 230 or by calling (907)228-6605. 

Members

PictureMemberPositionTerm Ends

Michael Martin 
City Seat 
Chair 
March 1, 2025

Jos Govaars Rural Seat 
Vice Chair 
March 1, 2026

Joseph MainardiRural SeatMarch 1, 2024

Jacquie MeckCity SeatMarch 1, 2024

Michael MedfordCity SeatMarch 1, 2026

Robb Arnold City SeatMarch 1, 2025

Darlene Dollimont-SvensonRural Seat March 1, 2024