North Shanly Area Development Plan



The Division of Land Management, in coordination with the Parks & Recreation Department, has undertaken an exciting planning effort for a parcel of land donated to the Borough in the 1990's. 


North Shanly is ideally located in close proximity to long-time local businesses, the University, and attractions like Creamer's Field, the Fairgrounds and the Tanana Valley Farmer's Market.


A large enough portion of the property is likely suitable for development. A Financial Feasibility Plan will be completed in 2020 which will help to direct the terms of any future public-private partnership for development of this land.  


Area Development Plan (Draft) Part I


Area Development Plan (Draft) Part II


Varied Density Concept Plans

Three concept plans showing various density developments, including one mixed use (multi-family and commercial) concept. These are basic concept renderings and do not represent approved development.


Opportunities for public involvement will be numerous in the coming year:

  • Community charrette meetings 
  • Platting Board Meeting for any required vacation/subdivision actions
  • Planning Commission Meeting for rezoning 
  • Online on this website
  • Direct email/written contact with Land Management
  • Public hearing on Ordinances brought before the Assembly



An initial public meeting of key stakeholders in the project area occured in the summer of 2017 resulting in the initial draft of the plan as presented above.


Stakeholder Meeting Agenda August 2017
Charrette Agenda.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [111.8 KB]
Stakeholder Meeting Audio August 2017
MP3 File [53.8 MB]

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  • Philip Glowa (Thursday, September 27 18 10:15 pm EDT)

    I have been following this project for a while now and I have some observations that may show how the parcelizing the current plat sizes may actually increase the overall value of the north shanley area. Currently the development plan is taking the macro-level, multi-plat approach to only allow for high capital cost development. There are studies that show that such developments depreciate in value quickly and actually provide less tax revenue in the long run. They also fail to organically extend neighborhoods. This plan is well thought out but a bit short-sighted in thinking about the long-term growth and densification needs of the college area. I'd like to present some of my research and the work I've done to the planning committee for consideration.

  • Tristan Glowa (Wednesday, October 03 18 02:27 pm EDT)


    Thank you for your work on this plan and the process surrounding it. I work within this neighborhood at a non-profit organization housed upstairs from Nomadic Stars, on Hayes Ave, directly across from this proposed development. I have also spent most of my life shopping, relaxing, & recreating in this area, and believe this area has immense geographic importance for both UAF and the entire west side of town. I am excited by this proposal in general as I believe the intentions behind the draft are wise and would love to be further involved.

    I do have some substantive feedback that I would love to offer – I believe 20ft frontal setbacks are inappropriate for the walkable form desired, for instance, and would push for much less. I would suggest somewhere between 0ft to 10ft, as is found in many vibrant communities (even the most pleasant parts of northern communities like Reykjavik, Juneau, and Tromsø, and perhaps the most loved parts of downtown Fairbanks). Emphasizing fine-grained ownership (encouraging small lot sales to support organic growth) also seems highly preferable to the largescale, pre-planned development seemingly pictured in the concept plans. From what I have read, greater diversity of ownership while still bound by baseline form requirements are what have helped construct thriving downtown areas historically and given them longevity and financial resilience –– which seems especially important given Alaska's boom and bust history. It also allows more community members and potential property owners to shape the aesthetic direction of our land rather than entrusting it to any megadeveloper. I think that kind of organic growth is what has allowed a place like Talkeetna to feel so vibrant.

    A have a few other comments as well, but I'm more interested in touching base about the process as I would love to support greater community engagement in the planning. I'm sure the department is busy with Badger-Salcha plan work, but if you could forward me any details for upcoming public engagement opportunities, I would love to bring this plan to more community members and support collective excitement around this change for our neighborhood.

    Please send along any details! I may call sometime soon if that's a better way to get a hold of you all.
    All best,
    Tristan Glowa

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