The NAB Planning Department is responsible for zoning, platting, and land use regulation, as well as updating the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan. The department works in coordination with NAB communities, the Planning Commission, Mayor, and Assembly to regulate responsible development in accordance with Borough residents.
The Planning Department acts as the platting authority and may adopt and publish rules and regulations regarding new development. The planning staff reviews requests for plans, subdivisions, and development (except for the City of Kotzebue) according to Title 8 of the NAB Code. Protection of subsistence resources shall be given the highest priority.
The Planning Department implements land use regulation according to Title 9 of NAB Code (except for the City of Kotzebue). Permits include resource development (e.g. mining, natural gas), community infrastructure (e.g. utilities, schools, public buildings, roads, multi-family housing units, gravel extraction).
Easements and Rights-of-Way
The Planning Department reviews requests for easements and rights-of-way within the Borough, according to Title 2.48 of the NAB Code.
The Planning Commission serves as the NAB’s Historical Preservation Commission for identification, protection, and preservation of historical resources. They also review conditional use permits for approval.
The Planning Department addresses climate change issues in the Arctic by collecting and sharing information.
Flood Damage Prevention
The Borough adopts the necessary regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enable the Borough to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to promote the public health, safety and general welfare by minimizing flood damage and loss and promoting access to disaster relief (Title 9).
Improving Local Knowledge in Research
Local traditional knowledge is important in research within the Borough. The Workshop on Improving Local Participation in Research in Northwest Alaska came out with a report with the workshop summary and recommendations.
Subsistence Mapping Project
The Planning Department completed a subsistence mapping project in 2015. Learn More