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Army Corps staff at Borough for summer


MAT-SU—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will have a staff person available at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s one-stop permit center throughout the summer. The Corps presence in the Mat-Su every Thursday from 8 am to 2 pm gives the public an opportunity to work locally with the federal agency through September 15.

Mat-Su Borough Development Services Manager Alex Strawn said this makes it easier for those developing in wetlands or pursuing questions on the Corps permitting process. The Corps will be available at the permit center for general questions from 8-10 am and will be available by appointment from 10-2 pm. To make appointments with Corps staff, please call (907) 753-2619 or email permit applications, jurisdictional determination requests, and suspected violation forms to regpagemaster@usace.army.mil. Additional information about the Corps Regulatory Program can be found at www.poa.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory.aspx.

Streamlining processes in the Mat-Su Borough began three years ago with the creation of the Permit Center.  Providing the public with a one-stop shop has been a success.  The Mat-Su Borough permitting staff is cross-trained to handle all permit types, and are certified floodplain managers.  The addition of the Corps and hopefully, in the future some state agencies at the counter, will add more depth to the level of service delivered.  “Our long-term vision is a regional permit center where all permits—state, federal, local—are available in one location,” Strawn said.

The permit center is upstairs in the Dorothy Swanda Jones Building at 350 E. Dahlia Ave, Palmer.

For more information call Permit Center at 745-9822 or PermitCenter@matsugov.us

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