- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - The Sitka Planning Commission wants to learn more about a residential property applicant’s federal permit to build near eagle nests before deciding to grant a request for a setback variance.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel (http://is.gd/b7tC10) says Juneau resident Sam Skaggs plans to move to Sitka and has applied for a variance to reduce a side setback from eight feet to three feet. That’s where he wants to build his new home on Charteris Street.

The lot is adjacent to a green belt.

Rich Doland, Skaggs‘ contractor, says his client is aware of the eagle nests and has a federal permit for his project.

Planning commission members, however, said at a meeting Tuesday that they want to take a look at the permit.

The issue will be revisited April 15.

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Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, http://www.sitkasentinel.com/

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