Anchorage Assembly Looks for More Snow Dump Sites
Six lots isn't enough space for the 100 inches of snow
ANCHORAGE - Before the city runs out of places to dump all the snow crews have plowed this winter, the Anchorage Assembly is considering a new ordinance to speed up the permitting process for new dump sites.
With more than 100 inches of snow this winter, officials estimate city crews have dumped thousands of loads of snow.
The city has six lots around Anchorage and staff members said there is enough room, but those sites are slowly filling up.
Anchorage Municipal Attorney Dennis Wheeler said the proposed ordinance would cut down the permitting process from a few months to about a week and reduce certain requirements to obtain those permits.
He anticipates only a few sites will be eligible, but any extra space is helpful for plowing crews.
“It's absolutely critical to have a place to put it all,” said Wheeler. “Especially with cul-de-sacs and neighborhoods where you have really tight housing you have to be able to move that stuff so people can get in and out to work and school, but so emergency vehicles can get in to provide assistance as needed.”
Residents will have their chance to weigh in at a public hearing on the proposed ordinance in two weeks.