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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Alaska on
Q: Can I be denied permits for a very large developement project on my land on the basis of keeping the land undeveloped?

Lets say I own a deeded 64,000 acre block of forested land with no conservation easments. Then lets say I want to build a town on this land. Houses, subdivsions, trailer parks, businesses, industrial zone, roads. highways, etc. Assuming all the structures to be built are up to code and don't... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Mar 23, 2023

Assuming that your land is in an organized borough or municipality, yes, there are many factors that might make it difficult to develop the land. Check with the code enforcement office of your borough or municipality to see what you might need to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Public Benefits and Real Estate Law for Alaska on
Q: Looking for precedent of liquor stores banned by city in unzoned areas that are clearly residential.
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Oct 25, 2016

Is this for Dillingham? It may be that the city banned liquor stores under another power than its planning and zoning power. Or one would have to look at the zoning code and see what the code says about "unzoned" areas (or perhaps called an "unrestricted use zone").... View More

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Q: What are the legal requirements to prospect for gold on state-owned land in alaska?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Aug 21, 2015

Since this is an Land Use and Zoning question, I will answer that part of the question first. If the land is in the unorganized borough, there are no zoning-related requirements, because the UOB has no zoning. If, however, it is an organized borough, the requirements would depend on the borough... View More

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