JUNEAU, Alaska — The Juneau Assembly has approved 23 acres (93 square kilometers) of Spike Bicknell’s property to be rezoned from rural reserve to industrial — and the result might be a motocross park.

The rezoned property had once been home to the scenic “field of fireweed,” which some residents were sad to see go, Juneau Empire reported (http://bit.ly/2qwMtmx ) Tuesday.

The “field of fireweed” has been a popular destination for visitors and has been labeled as an important bird area by the Audubon Society.

Bicknell twice had rezoning requests denied since purchasing the property in 2011. This third attempt leaves much more of his 83 acres (336 square kilometers) zoned as rural reserve, though.

Bicknell said at a Wetlands Review Board meeting in October that a motocross park would be a placeholder for “approximately three years until the property is developed for other purposes.”

Bicknell has applied to put the motocross park on the rezoned area.

Businessman Frank Bergstrom, who is involved with numerous local movements from the reworking of the city’s mining ordinance to the pro-road First Things First Alaska Foundation, is excited for the change.

“I think that would be a wonderful thing to do to this town,” Bergstrom said. “And I think that it’s that kind of economic development that goes with that zoning that will allow job creation and economic activity that this town sorely needs.”


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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