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(a) In determining whether detachment from a borough is in the best interests of the state under AS 29.06.040 , the commission may consider relevant factors, including
(1) the health, safety, and general welfare of the proposed remnant borough and the territory after detachment;
(2) the ability of the proposed remnant borough to efficiently and effectively provide reasonably necessary facilities and services after detachment;
(3) the reasonably anticipated potential for, and impact of, future population growth or economic development that will require local government regulation in the territory after detachment;
(4) the historical pattern of providing to the territory municipal services that have been, or should be, supported by tax levies in the territory;
(5) the historical pattern of cooperation and shared commitment between the people of the proposed remnant borough and the people of the territory;
(6) the extent to which detachment might enhance or diminish the ability of the proposed remnant borough to meet the standards for incorporation of boroughs, as set out in the Constitution of the State of Alaska, AS 29.05, and 3 AAC 110.045 - 3 AAC 110.065;
(7) the extent to which a transition plan of a previous annexation has been implemented and is effective;
(8) the effect of the proposed detachment on the long-term stability of the finances of the proposed remnant borough, other municipalities, and the state;
(9) whether the proposed detachment will promote local self-government with a minimum number of governmental units; and
(10) whether the territory's requirements for local government services will be adequately met following detachment.
(b) If, to fulfill the requirements of (a)(10) of this section, petitioners have proposed, or the commission requires, incorporation of the territory into a new municipality, the commission will condition the approval of the detachment upon voter approval of the incorporation.
(c) Absent a specific and persuasive showing to the contrary, the commission will presume that territory proposed for detachment that would create non-contiguous parts of the city or enclaves within the city does not meet the standards for detachment.
(d) Absent a specific and persuasive showing to the contrary, the commission will presume that territory proposed for detachment from an organized borough to an unorganized borough is a diminution of local self-government and does not meet the standards for detachment.
History: Eff. 7/31/92, Register 123; am 5/19/2002, Register 162
Authority: Art. X, sec. 12,
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