ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s Natural Resources commissioner says he will seek to protect rights of property owners within Chugach State Park as the state and the municipality of Anchorage move forward with a park comprehensive plan.
Most of the park is within the municipality.
A planning document developed by the city and the state outlines future public access into the park.
The document has generated strong reaction by property owners because it identifies potential access points on private land.
The Alaska Dispatch News reports the city’s land-use code says the city platting authority “shall require” access through points identified in the plan.
Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash says he would like to see that language softened.
He says access to state parks is a high priority but doesn’t trump protecting private-property rights.