Our Land Management team is a division of the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) Mayor’s Office. The Borough’s land and natural resource management focus is strategic in nature, tied to long-term economic development, maximum utilization of land resources and the development of a sustainable system for the future of our community.
In 1963, the Mandatory Borough Act gave all newly created Boroughs the right to select ten percent of the vacant, unappropriated, and unreserved State land within their boundaries. This grant was patterned after the land grant from the Federal Government to the State of Alaska as provided in the Alaska Statehood Act. The grant would provide:
- Short-term revenue through leases and sales;
- Long term revenue by transferring land into private ownership and increasing the tax base; and
- Land for municipal (public) purposes.
FNSB began selecting land under this authority. As of 2015, the FNSB has received patent to 97,031 acres of its 112,000-acre entitlement.
Approximately 20% of the land owned by the Borough is devoted to public facilities such as schools, parks, flood control, transfer sites, landfill, administration buildings, etc., and most of those acres are managed by their respective departments or divisions.
The Land Management Division serves as custodian for the remaining 80% ensuring professional and long-term management of the publicly owned natural resources to the maximum benefit of the community at large. The Department also provides resource and land-related assistance to other departments and the School District.
Land Management Division operates within the legal constraints of law and policy under the direction of the administration and assembly in accordance with Title 20 of the Borough’s Code of Ordinances. Functions include retained lands stewardship, land sales and acquisition, and administering the land nominations program;
The acquisition, transfer, and sale of lands is conducted in an open and ethical manner, subject to the needs of the community and directly tied to the long-term economic development of the public sector.
The retained land program administers the use of Borough land assets by issuing legally binding licenses, leases, easements, the selected sale of resources such as gravel and timber, monitoring casual and subsistence use and the enforcement of trespass and encroachment violations on Borough owned land.
The Land Nomination Program allows Borough residents the opportunity to nominate at any time, portions of Borough land for a specific use; subdivision, sale, development of parks & trails, community infrastructure or any number of other ideas.
Here is a link to the GIS data map highlighting FNSB owned parcels and their management authority.
About the Fairbanks North Star Borough
The Borough is a second class borough, incorporated in 1964 under the laws of the State of Alaska. The Borough's governing body is a nine member assembly. Assembly members are elected at large for staggered three year terms. The assembly elects one of its members annually to serve as a presiding officer. Assembly members are limited to two consecutive three year terms. The Borough's chief executive officer is the mayor, who is elected for a three year term. The mayor has no vote, but may participate in assembly meetings, introduce legislation and veto assembly actions. The mayor is also limited to two consecutive three year terms. The Borough is organized into administrative departments, each supervised by a department head. A chief of staff, appointed by the mayor, serves as the Borough's chief administrator.