North Shanly Area Development Plan



The Division of Land Management, in coordination with the Parks & Recreation Department, is undertaking an exciting planning and implementation process with 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 it is buildable, and for that reason, Land Management wanted to make sure that proper land use planning took place before assembling into larger parcels for sale and development. 


A Financial Feasibility Plan is expected in 2019 that will help to direct the terms of a future sale or development agreement.  Concurrently, Land Management will be working with the Department of Community Planning to begin the entitlement process (correcting zoning, replatting or vacation of lot lines, etc).


Call if you have questions or comments about the plan and the ongoing activities surrounding this future project.

Area Development Plan (Draft) Part I


Area Development Plan (Draft) Part II


Several actions in the 1960-1970's created hydrology/drainage issues - from the DOT cut-off ditch, to movement of dirt and removal of vegetation by the lumber yard previously located along College Rd.  Planning will take the current and potential future conditions into account, but this is a key driver for this land in particular.  The areas with bad drainage and standing water will likely be incorporated into a design through passive use, i.e. open space or park land.


Two other portions of the area, which have slightly higher elevation and better drainage, will be scrutinized and subjected to an extensive analysis to include market conditions before a use is determined.  Two distinct possibilities include multi-family residences and/or mixed use development with both commercial and multi-family components.  The boundaries shown on the map below are subject to change.


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.

Businesses in North Shanly Area (Map)
North Shanly Businesses red.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [592.9 KB]
University Land in North Shanly Area
North Shanly UA for ADP (2).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [760.3 KB]

Opportunities for public involvement will be numerous:

  • Public comments at Platting Board Meetings for any required vacation actions (by buyer/developer)
  • Public comments at Planning Commission Meetings for rezoning (by buyer/developer)
  • Online Open House on this website
  • Direct email/written contact with Land Management, Community Planning, Parks & Recreation or the Mayor's Office
  • Public comments on any needed Ordinance or Resolution brought before the Assembly

We want to make sure that whatever becomes of this land, it benefits the public in the best way possible.  Let us know what you think!


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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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