Proponents claim that changing from a conditional use permit like the ordinance to a negotiated lease agreement would address all necessary conditions. A lease negotiation, however, lacks involved public participation. Furthermore, any lease agreement becomes a static document and freezes CBJ’s ability to exercise local control over its lands in the face of changing circumstances or failed mitigation plans.
Conditional Use permits on the other hand are intended to be thoughtful management tools carefully designed to manage predicted impacts. Mitigation efforts can be evaluated for effectiveness and changed as necessary to accommodate unforeseen circumstances.