The NAB Planning Department is responsible for updating the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan in coordination with NAB communities, the Planning Commission, mayor and assembly. The Department also supports and assists NAB communities by updating village/community comprehensive plans, including grants to village planning committees.
The Borough Planning Commission acts as the platting authority and may adopt and publish rules and regulations regarding planning administration. The BPC staff reviews requests for plans, subdivisions, and streets (except for the City of Kotzebue) according to Title 8 of the NAB Code.
The Planning Department implements land use regulation according to Title 9 of NAB Code (except for the City of Kotzebue). Permits include commercial transporters (e.g. hunting, camping, rafting), resource development (e.g. mining, natural gas), community infrastructure (e.g. utilities, schools, public buildings, roads, multi-family housing units), temporary-use airstrips, and archaeological exploration/assessment.
Easements, Rights-of-Way and Historical Preservation
The NAB Planning Department and Borough Planning Commission review requests for easements and rights-of-way involving NAB property according to Title 2.48 of the NAB Code.
The Planning Commission serves as the NAB’s historical preservation commission for identification, protection, preservation, perpetuation and use of historical resources, districts and sites within NAB boundaries. The Commission also encourages public knowledge, understanding, appreciation and use of the borough unique past and present culture.
Global Warming/Climate Change
The Planning Department facilitates the exchange of information regarding climate change & erosion planning issues, including participating with State/Federal agencies in planning, community outreach and information sharing.
Land Coordination and Mapping
The Planning Department manages NAB lands and works with State/Federal agencies to manage and map lands. This oversight includes soliciting and documenting public comments on resource management, inter-agency permitting and preparation/updating of plans and maps.
The Planning Department implements flood prevention code in Title 9, in order for NAB communities to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program and protect land and property from flooding and flood areas.
Improving Local Participation in Research
In April 2013, Co-Principal Investigators Noah Naylor (Northwest Arctic Borough) and Pauline Harvey (Chukchi College) coordinated the Workshop on Improving Local Participation in Research in Northwest Alaska. A workgroup met after the workshop to adopt principles for conducting research in region and to recommend establishment of a permanent citizen panel to coordinate research with Borough villages.
Subsistence Mapping Project
The Planning Department initiated a subsistence mapping project in 2011, and planned to be completed around May of 2015. Learn More