Permitting & Land Leasing
New! RESIDENTIAL RIGHT-OF-WAY USE POLICY (RRUP)
APPROVED AT NOVEMBER 12 BOARD MEETING
The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) Board of Directors approved a new policy to guide residential use (gardens, yards, sheds, storage, etc.) of the railroad right-of-way (ROW). The ARRC Residential ROW Use Policy (RRUP) sets up a permit process for existing uses and structures in the ROW provided they do not pose a safety hazard or interfere with ARRC operations or use of the ROW. The final version of RRUP is the product of many key changes based on public input since 2012, to include a recently revised fee structure.
RECAP OF PREVIOUS ACTIVITY:
In October 2012, the Alaska Railroad (ARRC) released an updated draft of RRUP, which changed some provisions of a previous version considered by the ARRC Board of Directors at its June 2012 meeting. Revisions were based on public comments. The Railroad solicited additional public input on the updated draft policy. Members of the public provided written and verbal comments during the fall 2012 ARRC Board of Directors meeting and during public meetings held early November 2012 in Wasilla, Anchorage and Fairbanks.
December 2012 through March 2013, the Railroad shifted focus to respond to significant financial challenges, including a company re-organization and the elimination of more than 50 positions. With the implementation of those changes underway, Railroad staff and board members re-focus energies in spring/summer 2013 on several important issues, including guidance for safe, consistent residential use of the railroad’s right-of-way.
In late September 2013, a new version of the RRUP was developed, and impacted residents along the ROW boundary were notified by mail of the opportunity to provide additional public comment through November 12, 2013, and to attend a public meeting on October 16, 2013. The public was also able to provide verbal comments to the Board during the November 12 Board meeting, when the Board discussed and took action on the RRUP.
In the coming weeks, the Real Estate Department will develop a permitting package, which is expected to become available by the end of January 2014. Impacted residents will have an opportunity to apply for a permit for existing ROW uses through the end of June 2014. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
An overview of Alaska Railroad Corporation's Land Reserves and Leasing Policies.
Table of Contents
LEASE POLICY (amended June 7, 2012)
LEASE APPLICATION PACKET
Application Includes: Lease Application Procedures, Lease Application, Credit Application and Environmental Questionaires(See Lease Handbook for Lease Process & Timeline)