Gravel Pits

Kenai Peninsula Borough

At Monday night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, Beachcomber LLC owner, Emmitt Trimble was granted a heavily contested permit to dig a gravel pit on his property in Anchor Point. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spoke with Trimble and Kenai Peninsula Borough planner Bruce Wall, the morning after the meeting.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

When it comes to gravel pits on the Kenai Peninsula, there’s not much that property owners and pit operators can agree upon. But many are on the same page about one thing: they don’t like the changes that are being proposed to the current codes governing material sites.

Hans Bilben is stepping out on his deck in Anchor Point, which oversees acres of a forest and a nearby beach. He said he spends a lot of time out here and worries that a proposed gravel pit could change the view—a lot.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is spending more money on appeals related to the borough planning commission’s decisions than it originally anticipated.  There have been three appeals so far this fiscal year.  Two of the appeals were related to gravel pit permits.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly designated about $26,000 to cover additional costs during its meeting Tuesday.

The assembly has spent roughly $16,0000 on appeals so far this fiscal year.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Material Site Work Group has been reviewing codes regulating gravel pits and other resource development for roughly a year now. The work group will eventually provide recommendations on how the borough’s planning commission handles the permitting process for such operations.