Blueprint Downtown Vision Survey
The following survey will take about 30 minutes to complete, you must answer every question. It is a replica of the interactive polling from the third Blueprint Downtown public meeting. Thank you for taking the time to contribute to the future of your community.
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What part of Juneau do you live in?
What connections do you have to Downtown Juneau?
Choose any that may apply.
I own property in downtown Juneau.
I own a business in downtown Juneau.
I'm a visitor or tourist to Juneau.
I live in or near downtown Juneau.
I visit downtown for events & recreation.
I work in downtown Juneau.
Residents highly value a lively, year-round downtown full of locally owned businesses. Vote for up to 3 actions you favor to support economic vitality downtown.
More events, conferences, festivals
More areas for start-ups (cart vending, pop-up shops, markets)
Incentives for businesses to stay open year-round
Incentives for locally owned businesses
Penalties for businesses not open year-round
More housing on upper floors of buildings
"Public art, building design, wayfinding signage, & streetscape/infrastructure design should provide greater focus on Juneau's Indigenous Cultures." What is your level of agreement with the statement?
Assuming the Assembly reaches agreement on the appropriate level of city financial contribution, what is your personal level of support for the New Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC)?
Do not support
These 7 underutilized properties could have new housing (at least on floors above ground level). Which 3 are most important for housing/mixed-use development?
Former Gastineau Apartments
Rubble lot across from Mendenhall Apartments
Upper floors of Gross Alaska Movie Theater
Portion of Subport lot
Empty/under-used lots on Gastineau Ave
Parking lot at 2nd & N Franklin
Central Council Parking Lot
Downtown Juneau has many underutilized buildings & lots. The 'free market' does not appear to be sync-ing with desired community revitalization. Vote for all the interventions you favor to incentivize revitalization.
Establish a tax penalty for property owners who leave properties vacant or under utilized
Offer property tax relief to construct or update buildings with year-round residential & mixed-use development
Provide cash incentives, or low interest loans to construct or update buildings with year-round residential and mixed use development.
None of the above
"Conduct a public process to identify and adopt regulations to protect downtown's top iconic viewsheds." What is your level of agreement with this statement?
Many communities are struggling with the proliferation of downtown short term rentals (STRs), such as Airbnb and VRBO. They provide income for homeowners, but also reduce the number of year-round rentals and can increase year-round rents and housing prices. Which 1 of these 4 statements do you agree with the most?
STRs should remain unregulated (they do pay bed tax)
STRs should be limited to a maximum number per property owner
STRs should be charged a higher bed tax rate
The number of STRs should be capped at a fixed percentage of total year-round rental units
When you come downtown, about how often do you drive a car?
About 75% of the time
About half the time
About 25% of the time
I hardly ever drive
HONESTLY, pick up to five changes that would impact your willingness to give up your car as a means of travel to/from downtown.
Better, more connected bike lanes
Secure Park & Ride lot with fast bus service connections
Cash incentive or penalty from employer
Convenient ride sharing service
Increased parking fees
Cleaner busses with fancier seats
Fewer bus stops, more express routes
Cheaper bus passes
As long as I have the option, I will drive my car
Juneau has a critical summertime bottleneck between Merchants' Wharf and the Tram. Congestion will grow with new bus staging at the Archipelago Lot and increased cruise sips. Costs and complexities of solutions vary. Nonetheless, pick up to 4 actions you favor to reduce the bottleneck.
Relocate AML from the Rock Dump to cut down on commercial traffic
Limit commercial summer vehicle access to fee--paying traffic only (early morning access allowed).
Create bus staging for cruise visitors outside of the bottleneck area
Provide a Circulator transit system to move cruise visitors outside of bottleneck area to bus staging in non-congested areas
Develop a Gastineau Ave Bypass Rd to provide an alternative route
Develop Seawalk transit options (bikes, covered 'golf' carts, etc) to move more people along the docks
Construct pedestrian overpass(es) across Egan near the Library and Merchant's Wharf (with elevators)
Vote for up to 2 options that you favor for a 2 week long pedestrian-only TRIAL. (Assume all choices include early morning access for deliveries, garbage, as well as added benches/carts/activities/etc.)
Close Front St.
Close Front St. on 1st Fridays (12 days over a one year trial period)
Close S Seward and Front St.
Close Front St. and Shattuck Way
Not Supportive of a 2-week pedestrian trial period
Would you go outside and walk to Whale Park on your lunch break if there were food trucks there?
The CBJ goal is by 2045 to have 80% of our energy consumption generated by renewable sources. Currently 23% is renewable. Costs, complexities, and funding sources vary for the choices below. Nonetheless, which 3 do you favor most?
Shoreside electric power available and required for cruise ships
Public buildings converted to renewable heat sources (heat pumps, pellets, district heat)
Capital Transit buses and CBJ car fleet converted to electric
Cruise buses converted to electric
CBJ low-interest loans or partial grants for residential heat pump conversion
Renewable energy powered light rail transport between cruise docks and Mendenhall Glacier
Unsure/need more info to decide
Considering the way cruise ship arrivals are currently configured (that is their location, infrastructure, timing, organization, etc.)...How do you think the volume of cruise ship tourism compares to Juneau's capacity to handle cruise visitor volume?
Juneau has about all the cruise ship passengers it can handle
Juneau has more cruise ship passengers than it can handle
Juneau could handle a few more cruise ship passengers
Juneau could handle substantially more cruise ship passengers
To address tourism carrying capacity, the CBJ and the cruise industry will need to work collaboratively. Select your top 2 goals for these efforts.
Define, fund, and implement infrastructure improvements that reduce congestion
Define, fund, and implement shore-side power
Agree on shared funding for visitor's onshore needs
Create cruise bus staging outside of the Tram/S Franklin bottleneck
Rework cruise schedule to even out the number of ships/day (eliminate lows and peaks)
Juneau expects less State fiscal support in the years to come. The projects identified to benefit our downtown will require revenue to implement. Which 2 revenue source alternative do you favor the most?
Increase seasonal summer sales tax to capture more high-season revenue
Add a transit tax on commercial vehicles using arterial streets in Library-Tram bottle neck area (residents excluded)
Create a downtown improvement district (LID) where properties pay an additional tax to fund projects in area
Provide a Borough-wide sales tax allocation toward identified projects
There were many comments about more outdoor spaces/activities for kids and families (both residents and visitors) downtown. Vote for up to 4 choices you favor.
Kayak launch near seawalk
Upgrade equipment at Capital School playground and add turf field
Marine Park playground
Whale Park expansion with a playground
Open outdoor playground at Zach Gordon
Performance space along waterfront
Picnic shelters along downtown waterfront
What is your level of support for more indigenous plants in downtown? (ie spruce, blueberries, salmonberries, devil's club...)
Do not support
Do you support restoring Gold Creek to create a more natural habitat with a true stream bed, salmon habitat, and walking path where possible?
do not support
Over the last 1-2 years, how much has your sense of personal safety changed in downtown Juneau?
Not changed at all
Gotten somewhat better
Gotten much better
In our public meetings we've heard several suggestions that could help increase public safety in downtown. Which are the top 3 you believe could be effective?
Increase neighborhood policing and street presence
Discourage on-street consumption of liquor through regulations and enforcement
Relocate the Glory Hall from town
More housing and vitality in town
Increased lighting and visibility in streets and public facilities, like garages.
Increased presence of surveillance cameras
Several potential projects are popular with the public. The difficulty is prioritizing the cost and effectiveness of projects. Which 5 projects do you believe are most critical?
Restore Gold Creek to a functional stream with habitat for salmon.
Provide electrical hook-ups for all cruise ships (possible cruise tax funding)
Acquire properties and widen bottleneck street between Merchants' Wharf and the Tram to 2 lanes each direction.
Run a frequent downtown circulator/transit to lessen traffic impacts
Construct a new parking garage in the greater Willoughby District
CBJ funds and/or tax relief to renovate buildings to add year-round housing
Help fund a new Glory Hall out of downtown
Extend Gastineau Ave to the Rock Dump, creating a vehicle and pedestrian alternative to Franklin St.
Construct pedestrian brides over S Franklin and Egan near the Library and Merchants' Wharf to ease congestion
Complete full Seawalk (Rock Dump to Whale)
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