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AO 2006-175:  Establishment

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Resolutions (Approved)
   
    HPC 2011-01 
    HPC 2011-02 
    HPC 2011-03 
    HPC 2011-04  
    HPC 2011-05 
    HPC 2011-06 
    HPC 2011-07  
    HPC 2010-01  
    HPC 2010-02  
    HPC 2010-03  

Current News

June 20, 2013

The Historic Properties Module is “live” within CityView. 

What does this mean for you? A CityView ‘Historic Property’ search portal is now available to the public. You now have the ability to search on properties by address to determine if an Alaska Historic Resources Survey (AHRS card) has been completed for a property.

What information is available?To date, and for the launch of this important public service, survey information was included for the Government Hill, Downtown, South Addition and Fairview areas.  These four neighborhoods are the focal point for the Historic Preservation Plan for Anchorage’s Four Original Neighborhoods (HPP). Data was readily available for the four HPP neighborhoods. Additional neighborhood or specific property surveys will be added to the Historic Properties Module with budget support.

What will I learn when I find a surveyed property?

You will be able to display survey information if a survey was completed on a specific property in one of these four neighborhoods. Information is displayed that includes the owner, architecture type including windows and doors, and a statement of significance if the property was found to have historic significance. However, once you migrate to the Historic Property Review page for a property, please note information in each of the categories may not be available. It may be because the information was not relevant to that property, information is not available, or information was not known at the time the survey was completed.

How do I complete a search?

Select the Historical Property Search link -> Enter the property address -> Select ‘View Historic Information’ if the information is available it will be displayed.

How can you learn more? Please call 907.343.7993 or email bunnellkr@muni.org.  Any and all questions are welcome.  You can obtain hard copies of the AHRS cards by calling or emailing.  We would encourage submittal of additional information, facts, photographs, or documents on a surveyed property.  This will help us make the Historic Properties Module even more useful.  Thank you!

February 19, 2013

The Anchorage Assembly adopted the Historic Preservation Plan for Anchorage’s Original Four Neighborhoods (HPP) on February 12, 2013.  The HPP is a community-based plan initiated by the Municipality of Anchorage as a National Historic Preservation Act-Section 106 mitigation effort. The planning area includes Government Hill, Downtown, South Addition, and Fairview community council areas. Ship Creek is also included because so much of Anchorage’s early documented development started there, and it lies within three of the four original neighborhoods. The HPP is the foundation for future historic preservation planning efforts in the Municipality.

Documents   

Historic Preservation Plan for Anchorage’s Original Four Neighborhoods (HPP)

Historic Anchorage Preservation Program - March 1986   

Background

On January 9, 2007, the Municipality of Anchorage created a Historic Preservation Commission to encourage and further the interests of historic preservation by identifying, protecting, and interpreting the Municipality’s significant historic and cultural resources for the economic and social benefit of the community. 

The Anchorage Historic Preservation Commission is a member of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions; and pursuant to and in accordance with Anchorage Ordinance No. 2006-175, the Historic Preservation Commission shall address the following: 

A.        Identification and Inventory of Historic Resources 
  1. Prepare regulations establishing standards, definitions, and procedures for identification of, designation of, and review of actions pertaining to historic resources. 
  2. Prepare and maintain a comprehensive inventory of historic resources.  The local Historic Inventory shall be compatible with the Alaska Heritage Resource Survey and shall be submitted annually to the State of Alaska Office of History and Archaeology. 
  3. Prepare a procedure for designating resources on the Historic Inventory (HI) and properties listed in local, state, and federal Historic Registries (HR). 
B.        Protection and Developing a Historic Preservation Plan 
  1. Formulate a Historic Preservation Plan. 
  2. Review applications for designation of Historic Properties, Historic Resources, or Historic Districts. 
  3. Serve as the historic preservation review commission for the Municipality.  Serve as the local historical district commission for the Municipality and maintain the local Historic Register.  Recommend eligible properties to the state historic preservation officer for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. 
  4. Recommend resources and potential incentives to assist historic property owners in the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and repair of historic properties. 
  5. Advise on historic preservation planning and its implementation. 
  6. Recommend maintenance programs for municipally owned historic properties, historic resources or properties within Historic Districts. 
  7. Make recommendations concerning the acquisition of property or interest in property; availability of funds to promote preservation of properties and districts within the Municipality; encourage the use and adaptive reuse of historic properties.
C.        Interpretation and Public Education 
  1. Provide information, in the form of pamphlets, newsletters, workshops or similar activities, to historic property owners on methods of maintaining and rehabilitating historic resources. 
  2. Recognize excellence in the rehabilitation of historic buildings, structures, sites and districts, and new construction in historic areas. 
  3. Develop and participate in public information, educational and interpretive programs and activities in increase public awareness of the value of historic preservation. 
  4. Establish liaison, support, communication, and cooperation with federal, state, and municipal government entities and departments, as well as boards and commissions, to further historic preservation objectives, including public education.
Commission Members

        Bobbie Bianchi

        Debbie Corbett, Chair

        John Crittenden

        Elizabeth Grover, Vice Chair

        Darrell Lewis

        Michelle Ritter

        Richard J. Porter

        Kimberly Varner Wetzel

Ex Officio Commissioners

        Jerry Weaver, Director, Community Development Department

        Judith Bittner, State Historic Preservation Officer

Assembly Liaison

        Ernie Hall

Contact Information 

        Staff:       Kristine Bunnell, Senior Planner
                         Planning Division, Community Development Department
        Phone:    343-7993 (direct) or 343-7921 
        Email:      BunnellKR@muni.org

        Mailing Address:
              Anchorage Historic Preservation Commission
              c/o Planning Division, Community Development Department
              Municipality of Anchorage
              P.O. Box 196650
              Anchorage, Alaska  99519-6650

 

    • Planning Division
    • Director: Jerry T. Weaver, Jr.
    • 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907-343-7909