- Associated Press - Thursday, July 13, 2017

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A process for developing a new plan for downtown Fairbanks is being created.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel is assembling a working group of 10 people to consult on the plan.

The working group has not met. The director of the borough Community Planning Department, Christine Nelson, said appointments are underway and members would be announced in the coming weeks, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/2ud6kLP ) reported Wednesday.

Nelson said the group will be help to synthesize public suggestions on what kind of downtown people want. The plan will have broad goals and will be less specific about what goes where than the current Vision Fairbanks Downtown Plan, she said.

Repealing the current Vision Fairbanks Downtown Plan is in the works.

The new planning for downtown will involve multiple avenues for public testimony, including meetings, surveys and a project website, Nelson said.

“It’s all of our downtown,” Nelson said. “It’s where the majority of the borough comes and does things. We want to make more of what people like to do and want to do.”

The borough Planning Commission in June unanimously endorsed an ordinance that would repeal the Vision Fairbanks plan. The Borough Assembly will take up the measure in committee July 20 and a public hearing will be held July 27.

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