NSB Port Authority LRDP Public Review DRAFT Plan 03-3021

March 11, 2021


History of the North Slope Borough Port Authority

The timeline associated with the NSPAD’s founding is illustrated below. In the early 2000s, the NSB and North Slope citizens identified the need for formation of a regional entity capable of advancing investment in hard infrastructure—ports, roads, communication networks. Hard infrastructure and its counterpart, soft infrastructure (healthcare, schools, law enforcement), are the building blocks of communities. Availability of both infrastructure types is linked to economic prosperity (Puentes, 2015). Through the work and effort of many throughout the NSB, the North Slope Borough Port Authority Ordinance was drafted and adopted in 2014. In the subsequent year, an NSPA executive director and board members were selected. Political turbulence, however, paused initial organizational steps and it wasn’t until 2018 that work commenced on the preparation of the Authority’s Long Range Development Plan (LRDP).

In 2019 while the NSB prepared its 2019 Comprehensive Plan and advanced other initiatives, the need for the Authority was again validated and the LRDP process reactivated in 2020. On December 1, 2020, the Borough Assembly adopted changes to the NSPA enabling ordinance shifting the independent Authority to a Department under the NSB. The full updated Ordinance (2014-01-1) is provided in Appendix A. 

Comments are due by April 23, 2021. OR
Public testimony can be made by written comments or in person at the Planning Commission meeting on April 29, 2021.

Your comments can be filled out below. You can also mail in or hand deliver your comments:

Mail to: NSB Planning PO Box 69, Utqiagvik AK 99723

Deliver to: NSB Planning Department Community Planning Division, 1250A Eben Hopson Street Questions contact: Gordon Brower, Director or Mary Patkotak, Assistant to the Director @ 852-0320.

NSPA - LRDP Public Review DRAFT Plan