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(a) In accordance with AS 29.05.011 , the boundaries of a proposed city must include all land and water necessary to provide the full development of essential city services on an efficient, cost-effective level. In this regard, the commission may consider relevant factors, including
(1) land use and ownership patterns;
(2) population density;
(3) existing and reasonably anticipated transportation patterns and facilities;
(4) natural geographical features and environmental factors; and
(5) extraterritorial powers of cities.
(b) The boundaries of the proposed city must include only that territory comprising a present local community, plus reasonably predictable growth, development, and public safety needs during the 10 years following the effective date of incorporation.
(c) The boundaries of the proposed city may not include entire geographical regions or large unpopulated areas, except if those boundaries are justified by the application of the standards in 3 AAC 110.005 - 3 AAC 110.042.
(d) Absent a specific and persuasive showing to the contrary, the commission will presume that territory proposed for incorporation that is non-contiguous or that contains enclaves does not include all land and water necessary to allow for the full development of essential city services on an efficient, cost-effective level.
(e) If a petition for incorporation of a proposed city describes boundaries overlapping the boundaries of an existing organized borough or city, the petition for incorporation must also address and comply with all standards and procedures for either annexation of the new city to the existing borough, or detachment of the overlapping region from the existing borough or city. The commission will consider and treat that petition for incorporation as also being either an annexation petition to the existing borough, or a detachment petition from the existing borough or city.
History: Eff. 7/3/92, Register 123; am 5/19/2002, Register 162
Authority: Art. X, sec. 12,
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