4.46.010    Establishment and purpose

4.46.020    Functions

4.46.030    Composition

4.46.035    Meetings

4.46.040    Term of members

4.46.050    Compensation

4.46.060    Definitions


(A)    In order to comply with the Certified Local Government Program of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has established a historical preservation commission. The purpose of the commission is to encourage, participate, and coordinate historic preservation activities within the borough, to provide local government involvement in regional and state-wide historic preservation efforts, and to advise and report to the assembly as outlined in the functions listed below.

(Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022; Ord. 94-001AM, § 5 (part), 1994; Ord. 84-34, § 25 (part), 1984)

4.46.020 FUNCTIONS.

(A)    The commission shall:

(1)    advise the assembly in identifying, protecting, preserving, and interpreting cultural resources within the borough that are of archaeological, historical, cultural, scientific, or geographic importance;

(2)    develop and maintain an inventory of cultural resources within the borough;

(3)    [Repealed by Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022]

(4)    [Repealed by Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022]

(5)    [Repealed by Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022]

(6)    [Repealed by Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022]

(7)    [Repealed by Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022]

(8)    recommend to the assembly a local historic preservation plan providing for the identification, protection, management, and interpretation of cultural resources within the borough;

(a)    The preservation plan shall be compatible with the Alaska Historic Preservation Plan.

(b)    The preservation plan will be reviewed by the commission annually and updated every five to ten years to reflect: newly identified cultural resources; changes to local, state, and/or federal laws that affect cultural resources within the borough; and any other relevant information regarding cultural resources within the borough;

(9)    review and make recommendations to the assembly regarding local projects that might affect properties identified in the historic preservation plan;

(10)    receive, review, and recommend to the assembly nominations for listing borough cultural resources on the National Register of Historic Places; and

(11)    review and recommend certified local government grant applications and/or grant applications from the Matanuska-Susitna community.

(Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022; Ord. 94-001AM, § 5 (part), 1994; Ord. 84-34, § 25 (part), 1984)


(A)    The commission shall consist of seven citizens of the borough who have demonstrated an interest, competence, or knowledge in the historical and cultural foundations of the borough and the state, which includes Alaska Native traditional knowledge bearers who are members of federally recognized tribes within the borough. To the extent available in the borough, the mayor shall appoint, subject to confirmation by the assembly, citizens with professional expertise in the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archaeology, or other historic preservation related disciplines, such as urban planning, American studies, American civilization, cultural geography, or cultural anthropology.

(B)    [Repealed by Ord. 04-080, § 33, 2004]

(Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022; Ord. 07-161, § 2, 2007: Ord. 04-080, § 33, 2004; Ord. 98-018AM, § 2, 1998; Ord. 96-114AM, § 2, 1996; Ord. 94-001AM, § 5 (part), 1994; Ord. 84-34, § 25 (part), 1984)

4.46.035 MEETINGS.

(A)    The commission shall meet quarterly or as requested by the administration, assembly, or commission chairperson.

(Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022)


(A)    Irrespective of the limits specified in MSB 4.05.050, a board member may serve more than two consecutive three-year terms.

(Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022; Ord. 04-080, § 34, 2004; Ord. 95-078, § 2, 1995)


(A)    Commission members shall be reimbursed for mileage incurred in connection with meetings of the board in the same manner as borough employees are compensated for mileage expenses upon presentation of supporting documentation satisfactory to the appropriate director.

(Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022; Ord. 00-081 § 2, 2000)


(A)    Within this chapter, the following definitions are used:

•    “Adverse effect” means any change to the qualities or characteristics of a cultural resource that may diminish its ability to convey its historical or cultural importance. Examples of adverse effects may include the demolition, relocation, or alteration of historic buildings or structures, the destruction of archaeological or cultural sites, or the introduction of intrusive elements into a historic district.

•    “Cultural resources” includes, but is not limited to, historic buildings, archaeological sites, important landmarks, historical objects, traditional use areas, cultural landscapes, structures, and historic districts.

(Ord. 22-015, § 2, 2022)