Commission/Committees

Joining A Board Or Commission

 

In order to be considered for a board or commission appointment, an application and letter of interest must be completed and submitted to the City Clerk’s Office. Applications are then submitted to the City Council for their approval.

If more than one application is received for a position, City Council members will select one through a voting process. Applicants are always welcome to attend City Council meetings and speak regarding their qualifications.

New appointees will be notified of their selection through the Clerk’s office and will be provided pertinent information relative to that specific board.

Current Openings as of November 1, 2018

  • Local Emergency Planning Commission

  • Planning Commission

  • Harbor Commission

  • Streets and Roads Commission

For specific information please call the  City Clerk’s Office at 828-3380. Interested persons must submit a letter of interest and a board application to the City Clerk’s Office at 120 Freeman Drive, Thorne Bay, AK; or by email to cityclerk@thornebay-ak.gov.

Planning and Zoning Commission

A regulatory/adjudicatory commission that develops, reviews, and make recommendations to the City Council regarding the Comprehensive Plan, Coastal Development Plan and proposed amendments to Title 16-Subdivisions, and Title 17-Zoning. 

Contact:    Wayne Benner, City Administrator & Planning Official

Regular Planning Meetings:

1st Monday of each month
City Hall Council Chambers,

120 Freeman Drive, Thorne Bay, Alaska 99919



The City Council is currently carrying out all of the duties of the Planning Commission until such time a complete board is appointed.  

Planning and Development actions required are scheduled through a Special Meeting of the City Council on an AS-NEEDED basis. 

Typically these Special Meetings are held one-hour (1-hour) prior to a Regularly Scheduled City Council Meeting on the first or third Tuesday of any month.

Planning & Zoning Commission

 

ESTABLISHED-PURPOSE.

The planning commission is established to perform the city-wide functions of planning, platting and zoning for the city, and to advise the chief executive officer and city council of them. The City Council may perform any one or all of the city-wide functions of planning, platting and/or zoning. The Chief executive officer or his delegate shall serve as the city planning official until such time as he appoints, and the City Council confirms another to perform that function.

COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP.

  1. The planning commission shall consist no more than 11 and no less than five qualified city voters from the community.
  2. Members of the commission must keep current any accounts held with the City (i.e., utilities, lease payments, rents, sales tax, etc.) any member whose accounts fall into delinquency may be removed from the commission by the chief executive officer. City Council will consider financial or other hardship.
  3. Any person declaring candidacy for the planning commission shall not be considered until the persons accounts are made current. City Council will consider financial or other hardships.
  4. Members shall be appointed by the chief executive officer, subject to confirmation by the city council, for a term of three years. Appointments to fill vacancies are for the unexpired term. The compensation and expenses of the planning commission and its staff are paid as directed by the chief executive officer

 

COMMISSION DUTIES.

The planning commission shall:

  • Prepare and submit to the city council a proposed Comprehensive Plan and Coastal Management Plan.
  • Prepare, review, recommend and administer measures necessary to implement The Coastal Management Plan and Comprehensive Plan.
  • Prepare and recommend to the city council a subdivision ordinance and the official map of the city and any recommended modifications to these documents.
  • Review the capital improvements program of the city and submit the commission’s recommendations to the chief executive officer.
  • Investigate and prepare, upon city council or chief executive officer request, reports and recommendations on city land acquisitions, disposals and development.
  • Act as the platting board
  • Act upon all Variance and Conditional Use requests.
  • Enforces subdivision regulations.
  • Conducts public hearings on plat applications and vacation of dedicated public areas.
  • Act as an advisory commission to the chief executive officer and city council regarding planning, platting and zoning.

Current Members

Vacant

Seat 1

Term Expires (3-years after appointment)

Vacant

Seat 2

Term Expires (3-years after appointment)

Vacant

Seat 3

Term Expires (3-years after appointment)

Vacant

Seat 4

Term Expires (3-years after appointment)

Vacant

Seat 5

Term Expires (3-years after appointment)

Vacant

Seat 6

Term Expires (3-years after appointment)

Vacant

Seat 7

Term Expires (3-years after appointment)

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Maps of Record with the City of Thorne Bay:

 

The City of Thorne Bay does not assess a Property Tax, therefore we do not have records of land ownership.  

 

If you want to find specific maps, or other land records, you can use the “Search Engine” on the Alaska Recorders Office Website at:

Alaska Recorders Office (RO Search Menu)

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Researching Records


Once a document is recorded in the official public records it can be retrieved by anyone. You may access the statewide index records on the Internet. (See search menu). A variety of research options are available allowing you to search approximately 48 years of index data by district or for the entire state. Or this may be done by visiting the Recorder’s Office nearest you (See list of office locations and hours of operation) and using the on-line computers provided in the public library area. Any of the recording personnel at our offices will be happy to show you how to use the terminals to access names from the official records from 1970 to current. For documents recorded prior to this time, a name index is available in Historic Books. If not available online, copies of documents may be purchased using the online copy request or calling our Archive Unit in Anchorage. 

If you are unable to come to our offices you may receive research assistance by contacting either Paula Bradley, Recorder Manager, Anchorage at (907) 269-8881, or Kelly Chesnut, Recorder Manager, Juneau at (907) 465-3425.

 

REMOVAL OF HOMES ENCROACHING INTO PUBLIC STREETS OR THOROUGHFARE

A primary structure encroached on a public street or thoroughfare will be removed by the owner of the improvement by 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 2033.  In the meantime, such structures may be maintained within the confines of this covenant so long as the present structure exists, but may not be structurally altered or rebuild as to that portion involved in the encroachment.  For purposes of this covenant.  A primary structure is defined as a privately-owned residence or place of business exceeding 600 square feet in outside dimensions, which cannot readily, without structural damage or undue economic hardship, be relocated off of the encroachment.  A secondary structure encroached on a public street or thoroughfare will be removed by the owner of the improvement by 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 1986.  Such structures may be maintained within the confines of this covenant but may not be structurally altered or rebuilt as to that portion involved in the encroachment.  For purposes of the covenant, a secondary structure is defined as all other structures not herein defined as primary structure.  
Plat No. 83-42
Alaska State Land Survey 82-139
Thorne Bay Alaska 
Within un-surveyed sections 27 & 28, Township 71 South, Range 84 East, Copper River Meridian. 

 

DEVELOPMENT PLANS REQUIRED FOR NEW BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION.

Purpose: to make the public aware of setback requirements and eliminate building encroachments into rights-of-ways, easements and other properties.

Plan Required. No structure shall be erected, constructed, enlarged, relocated or extended without a development plan permit issued by the city. No existing use of a structure shall be converted to another use without a permit issued by the city. Failure to submit a development plan shall be a violation of this chapter.

Application. All applications for development plans shall be completed on city forms and accompanied by a site plan.

Thorne Bay Fisheries Association

PO BOX 19110
Thorne Bay, AK  99919

PH: (907) 828-3380, FAX (907) 828-3374
EMAIL: cityclerk@thornebay-ak.gov

The Thorne Bay Fisheries Association is a non-profit corporation formed under the laws of the State of Alaska and is recognized as the CQE for the City of Thorne Bay, Alaska under National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulations governing the program. NMFS Transfer Eligibility Certificate (TEC) No. 46529.

Under the current bylaws of the Thorne Bay Fisheries Association, the board of directors must determine the method of distribution for each member community at the annual meeting. This policy letter identifies the distribution method for Charter Halibut Permit’s held by the CQE.

The Thorne Bay FIsheries Association for the Community of Thorne Bay holds four (4) – Charter Halibut Permits (CHP), which are available for lease through an application process for the next Calendar Year.

Distribution Goals:

The Thorne Bay Fisheries Association has three goals that it would like to meet in the distribution of the Charter Halibut Permits.

Distribution Policy for Charter Halibut Permits (CHP) 

Purpose:        

The purpose of this policy letter is to outline the procedures for distribution of Charter Halibut Permits (CHP) held on behalf of the City of Thorne Bay, Alaska in the Community Quota Entity Program (CQE). The Thorne Bay Fisheries Association is a non-profit corporation formed under the laws of the State of Alaska and is recognized as the CQE for the City of Thorne Bay, Alaska under National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulations governing the program.  NMFS Transfer Eligibility Certificate (TEC) No. 46529. Under the current bylaws of the Thorne Bay Fisheries Association, the board of directors must determine the method of distribution for each member community at the annual meeting.  This policy letter identifies the distribution method for Charter Halibut Permit’s held by the CQE.

Distribution Goals:

The Thorne Bay Fisheries Association has two goals that it would like to meet in the distribution of the Charter Halibut Permits.

  1. Encourage new and future halibut CHP participation by leasing to local eligible crew members who do not currently hold 6-Angler Charter Halibut Permits.
  2. Encourage economic growth in the industry by leasing to local eligible fishermen already established in the halibut CHP fishery

Distribution Policy:

The following distribution policy in in effect for all Charter Halibut Permits held on behalf of the City of Thorne Bay.

Upon receipt of Community Charter Halibut Permits issued to the Thorne Bay Fisheries Association, the non-profit corporation shall post public notice of the availability of the CHP’s in at least three locations for two weeks. This public notice will state the eligibility requirements and an address where applicants can pick up application forms and where to mail or drop off completed applications.  The public notice will also contain the lease price as determined by the Thorne Bay Fisheries Association.

Applications shall be made on a form prescribed by the Thorne Bay Fisheries Association. And submitted no later than April 30th of the year in which it is requested.

Applications not completed on the prescribed form shall not be accepted.
All applications will be sorted by receipt date and eligibility for using Charter Halibut Permits.

Prior calendar year Permit holders in good standing, will have the right of first refusal for the subsequent year. Remaining CHP’s will be distributed until all available permits have been issued.

In the event that a fisherman is deemed ineligible or declines lease of the CHP, that fisherman’s application shall be removed and the next eligible applicant in that distribution category will be notified of the available CHP.


Under the current bylaws of the Thorne Bay Fisheries Association, the board of directors must determine the method of distribution for each Charter Halibut Permit at their annual meeting.  

 

Approved Distribution Policy for Charter Halibut Permits held by TNB Fisheries Association

Fisheries Association meeting on Friday, November 9, 2018 – City Hall Council Chambers.