Legislature(1995 - 1996)

04/19/1995 01:38 PM CRA

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         SENATE COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE                         
                         April 19, 1995                                        
                           1:38 p.m.                                           
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
 Senator John Torgerson, Chairman                                              
 Senator Randy Phillips, Vice Chairman                                         
 Senator Tim Kelly                                                             
 Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                         
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
 Senator Fred Zharoff                                                          
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
 SENATE BILL NO. 79                                                            
 "An Act relating to errors in surveys of land."                               
 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 80(CRA)                                                 
 "An Act establishing the Department of Natural Resources as the               
 platting authority in certain areas of the state; relating to                 
 subdivisions and dedications; and providing for an effective date."           
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
 SB 79 - See Community & Regional Affairs minutes dated                        
 HB 80 - No previous action to record.                                         
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
 Walt Wilcox, Aide to Representative Jeannette James                           
 State Capitol                                                                 
 Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Offered information on CSHB 80(CRA)                    
 Patrick Kalen                                                                 
 1042 Chena Ridge Road                                                         
 Fairbanks, AK 99709                                                           
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in support of amendment                      
                      to CSHB 80(CRA)                                          
 Ron Swanson, Director                                                         
 Division of Land                                                              
 Department of Natural Resources                                               
 3602 C St., Suite 1122                                                        
 Anchorage, AK 99503-5947                                                      
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in support of amendment to                   
                      CSHB 80(CRA)                                             
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
 TAPE 95-13, SIDE A                                                            
 Number 001                                                                    
            SB  79 ADJUSTMENTS FOR DEFECTIVE SURVEY                           
  CHAIRMAN TORGERSON  called the Senate Community & Regional Affairs           
 Committee meeting to order at 1:38 p.m.                                       
 SENATOR TORGERSON brought  SB 79  back before the committee and noted         
 the committee adopted a committee substitute at the previous                  
 meeting on the legislation.                                                   
 Number 050                                                                    
 SENATOR R. PHILLIPS moved that CSSB 79(CRA) be passed out of                  
 committee with individual recommendations.  Hearing no objection,             
 it was so ordered.                                                            
 UNORG BOROUGH) before the committee as the next order of business.            
 WALT WILCOX, staff to Representative Jeannette James, explained               
 that currently there is no legal authority to review plats in the             
 unorganized boroughs for compliance with state law.  This means               
 there is no agency review of access to each lot, which results in             
 landlocked lots being created.                                                
 Currently, "paper plats" are allowed to be recorded without being             
 surveyed, and HB 80 corrects this situation by requiring the                  
 Department of Natural Resources to review plats for compliance with           
 state law.                                                                    
 Also, there are several definitions of "street" and "subdivisions"            
 in various statutes and HB 80 defines them as requested by the                
 Department of Natural Resources.                                              
 Mr. Wilcox directed attention to a proposed amendment requested by            
 the Department of Natural Resources.                                          
 Number 103                                                                    
 PATRICK KALEN, testifying from Fairbanks, said his concern in the             
 past has been with the definition of "subdivision" and he concurs             
 with the suggested change made by DNR to its definition.                      
 Number 128                                                                    
 RON SWANSON, Director, Division of Land, Department of Natural                
 Resources, speaking to the proposed amendment, said some of the               
 things in the amendment relate to the definition of "subdivision."            
 He has discussed the amendment with the Department of                         
 Transportation, Department of Community & Regional Affairs, as well           
 as the survey community, specifically Mr. Kalen, and they all agree           
 with the changes made in the amendment.                                       
 Number 149                                                                    
 SENATOR KELLY moved the adoption of the following amendment to CSHB
 Amendment No. 1                                                             
 Page 7, lines 17 - 18:  Delete ",except for land owned by                     
 corporations organized under P.L. 91 - 203,"                                  
 Page 7, lines 18 - 19:  Delete "or common carrier access" and                 
 insert "access, excluding common carrier and public utility access"           
 Page 7, line 22:  Delete "corporations organized under P.L. 92 -              
 203" and insert "plats created by or on behalf of the United States           
 Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management,"                       
 Page 7, line 23:  Following "dedications" through line 27 delete              
 all material except the semicolon.                                            
 Hearing no objection to the motion, SENATOR TORGERSON stated the              
 amendment was adopted and would be incorporated into a C&RA SCS.              
 There being no further testimony on the legislation, SENATOR                  
 TORGERSON asked for the will of the committee.                                
 Number 155                                                                    
 SENATOR KELLY moved that SCS CSHB 80(CRA) and the accompanying                
 fiscal notes be passed out of committee with individual                       
 recommendations.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                    
 There being no further business to come before the committee,                 
 SENATOR TORGERSON adjourned the meeting at 1:47 p.m.                          

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