Best Interest Decision Affirmed – Negotiated Land Sale – MHT 9200841

Action:  Adopt the Best Interest Decision dated March 16, 2023, regarding the above referenced disposal as final, without modification. This decision document, combined with the Best Interest Decision dated March 16, 2023, constitutes the final decision on this matter, in accordance with 11 AAC 99.040.

Notice under 11 AAC 99.050.  The Trust Land Office published the public notice of the decision to issue the negotiated land sale in the Frontiersman and Anchorage Daily News, on the State of Alaska’s online public notice website, and distributed the notice to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Cook Inlet Region Incorporated, Knikatnu Incorporated, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and other interested public and private parties on March 20, 2023.

Summary of Comments:  One comment was received from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) Habitat Section notifying the applicant of an anadromous water body adjacent to the parcel which would require a fish habitat permit for activities below ordinary high water. The comment has been shared with the applicant.

Trust Authority Consultation:  The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority was consulted on this matter on March 16, 2023.

Modifications:  As no comments were received suggesting that the Best Interest Decision dated March 16, 2023, should be substantively modified in any way to better serve the interest of the Trust and its beneficiaries, the Executive Director has determined that no change shall be made to that document.

Final Decision of the Executive Director:  Considering all of the above, the Executive Director of the Trust Land Office hereby adopts the Best Interest Decision dated March 16, 2023, as final.

Reconsideration:  Persons who submitted timely written comments during the notice period that ended April 24, 2023, are eligible to request reconsideration of this final best interest decision under 11 AAC 99.060(b) within 20 calendar days after publication of the notice or receipt of the final decision, whichever is earlier. A request for reconsideration must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director. This request must be accompanied by the fee established by the Executive Director under 11 AAC 99.130, which has been set at $500, to be eligible for reconsideration. Before filing an appeal to the Superior Court under AS 44.62.560, a person must be eligible to request and must actually request reconsideration within the time specified above.

The Executive Director shall order or deny reconsideration within 20 calendar days after receiving the written request for reconsideration. If the Executive Director takes no action during the 20-day period following the request, the request is considered denied.  Denial of a request for reconsideration is the final administrative decision for purposes of appeal to the superior court under AS 44.62.560.

Best Interest Decision Affirmed MHT 9200841