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Cooper Landing Community Hall
September 21, 2022

We asked attendees to vote on 9 different statements about Unit 395 development options before directing them to the public comments from our Cooper Landing Brewing Company meeting. Click on the headers below to read the statements and see the vote tallies, and to see how Wednesday night's attendees added to Tuesday's idea generation!


Agree or Disagree? ⮟

Attendees were asked to record how strongly they agreed or disagreed with nine statements about Unit 395. Click through the images below to see how people voted!

SWOT Analysis

Attendees read the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats identified by those who attended the Tuesday's meeting. They then added their own responses and indicated if they agreed with other folks' ideas!

New responses are in bold. The number of "agreements" is the sum of both nights.

Strengths ⮟

Bypass allows Cooper Landing to function as a town +1 agree


Increased recreation opportunity +7 agree

Local incentives, large property -1 disagree

Potential positive growth for Cooper Landing if done respectfully +3 agree

Provide small lots for smaller housing units +5 agree

Best left for wildlife passage +2 agree

Affordable housing +3 agree

Beautiful views, great access to winter and summer trails and activities, wildlife and wildlife corridors +2 agree

Rec center for locals

Weaknesses ⮟

Increased second homes with no one to help maintain their properties +5 agree

Breaking up our current community by creating a new "resort" town +7 agree

Need diversified employment that pays well not just fishing +1 agree, -1 disagree

Could affect animal crossings/paths +2 agree

Cost of living and construction high +1 agree

Connectivity between housing and emergency services is challenging +2 agree

Limited access

Who will maintain the roads? +2 agree

Access to utilities? +1 agree

Is there water for wells? +3 agree

Access during winter weather, steep unusable portions, emergency services access

Access issues for first responders and CLES +2 agree

Opportunities ⮟

Affordable housing +4 agree


Mountain bike loop through property back to Resurrection Trailhead +5 agree

Nordic ski and snow machine use +8 agree

Opportunity for recreation center or activity center to support a healthy community +2 agree

Connect with funding to do planning for making improvements and economic development connected to recreational trails, ie. mountain biking at a community and Eastern Peninsula Scale +2 agree

Develop partnerships to purchase and develop land for Cooper Landing +1 agree, -1 disagree

Opportunity for small business development and growth -1 disagree

Support year-round residents to live and be successful +6 agree

Head tax - end head tax for short term housing +2 agree, -1 disagree

Expand winter economy +4 agree

Mountain bike trail system +6 agree

Develop community/neighborhood water system/wells

Sports complex/rec center - keep kids here that want to compete in sports at an advanced level +2 agree

↑ This, but additionally require pre-k/edu/opportunities for young families. Childcare is a big need +1 agree

Economic opportunity if developed for year-round recreation to bring people in and charge for use, with housing for people to maintain those trail systems and rec opportunities

Recreation focus +6 agree

Hut-to-hut and trail system +3 agree

Dog park +4 agree, -1 disagree

Trails for recreational motorized thoroughfare

The only acceptable use is affordable housing for year round residents and a rec center for locals +3 agree

Development of separated use trails, multi-recreation use development +1 agree

Threats ⮟

Short term housing and non-local ownership +6 agree

Overloads the dump/transfer station even more +3 agree

Second homeowners raising property taxes +6 agree

High land cost and ownership by out of town people +8 agree

Funding of improvement and public safety +3 agree

Distrust between community and borough gov +4 agree

Not incorporated - little local control +9 agree

Contaminated water sources from bypass +3 agree

Rich snow birds buying all the property +5 agree

Commercial dev could impede established local businesses +3 agree

Interrupt wildlife, ruin recreational uses, uncontrolled land use with no codes if land is sold +2 agree

Potential for lots of gravel pits and destructive uses

Will interrupt wildlife passage +1 agree

Do not turn Cooper Landing into a community of more expensive homes left empty all year +3 agree

No Matter What...

Attendees read the existing responses to the prompts: no matter what, fix or change... and no matter what, don't change... Then added their own responses and indicated if they agreed with other folks' ideas!

New responses are in bold. The number of "agreements" is the sum of both nights.

...Fix or Change ⮟

Provide affordable housing +12 agree

Support locals to stay here +8 agree

Need borough support to local land use and commission +3 agree

Need local control of property and development +6 agree

No more big and expensive lots and housing +7 agree

Prioritize wildlife passage

Listen (Borough) to locals - quit ignoring our land use wishes +4 agree

Preservation of our wildlife

Make it a community not a "Lake Tahoe" +2 agree

The Borough played dirty to get the access knowing the community DID NOT want it. Leave the property alone and show us the Borough can be trusted and cares about community members

...Don't Change ⮟

Keep bypass as a bypass - limit access points +9 agree

Maintain viewshed - avoid Anchorage hillside look, homes visible from pond/trail +2 agree

Quaint feeling of town +6 agree

Keep it scenic! Resurrection pass trail +4 agree

Keep access from town road only +3 agree

Protect continuity of Cooper Landing community +2 agree

My Great Idea

What do you think the absolute best use of the land is? Wednesday's attendees reviewed the great ideas from Tuesday night, added their own, and marked if they agreed with other folks' great ideas!

New responses are in bold. The number of "agreements" is the sum of both nights.

Great Ideas ⮟

Develop local tax that stays in community +2 agree

Local preference for lot sales +8 agree

Borough owned rental lots/housing

Integrate active transportation networks

Electric car charging station and all the money goes to Cooper Landing

Allow many to stay in Cooper Landing for funding services

Rec center +4 agree

Ice rink for hockey, brown ball, ice sports?? +1 agree

Community well +2 agree

Outdoor covered 4 lane bowling alley

Multi-unit housing - affordable +9 agree

Home land sold only to non-land-owners

Create multipurpose trail system for all +1 agree

Firebreak trails around residential uses or around Unit 395 - maybe good for horses, biking, and cross-country skiing

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