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Planning Department

The Planning Department's mission is to guide Anchorage land use development and community resources to meet the quality of life, economic, social, environmental, and physical needs of present and future residents.

Good planning makes for livable neighborhoods, a safe and healthy community, and a sustainable economy. How land use fits in with housing, transportation, community and economic development gives Anchorage its character.

The Planning Department has a staff of 26 that are responsible for a wide range of planning, zoning, and development activities.

Current News

June 2017

Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan  

On June 5, 2017, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved forwarding to the Anchorage Assembly a recommendation to adopt (with amendments) the September 2016 draft of the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan

Click here to go to the project page for additional information.

May 2017

Smart Growth

A Smart Growth America workshop was held in Anchorage on May 10, 2016, resulting in several meaningful recommendations meant to kick-start new development in Downtown Anchorage.  Facilitated by Christopher Zimmerman, Smart Growth’s Vice President for Economic Development, and Alex Hutchinson, Smart Growth’s Economic Development Specialist, the primary recommendation resulted in the identification of the “A Few Good Blocks” project. 

 “A Few Good Blocks” is underway with new development in a public/private partnership between the Municipality of Anchorage and Cook Inlet Housing Authority at 7th Avenue and I Street.  Click here for three reports and the full list of Smart Growth America’s recommendations, as well as a story about the workshop in "The Western Planner."

For more information on Anchorage’s Smart Growth efforts: or 907.343.7993.

September 2016

Mountain View Targeted Neighborhood Plan 

The Mountain View Targeted Neighborhood Plan, March 2016 Public Hearing Draft,  was approved by the Anchorage Assembly on September 13, 2016.  A final document will be available in early 2017.  In the meantime, click here to download the Public Hearing Draft.   

July 2016  

Spenard Corridor Plan 

The Municipality of Anchorage is embarking on a project to establish a long-term vision for the Spenard Corridor. Over the next year, the Municipality will engage the community in a planning process that will explore the potential for new buildings in the area, identify opportunities to improve circulation for all travel modes, and develop a plan that guides the area’s future for years to come. The Municipality held a community workshop for the Spenard Corridor Plan project on July 27.   

February 2016


The "old" Title 21 expired on December 31, 2015.  Please see the following memorandum for transition information regarding applications under the "old" code.

"New Title 21" Transition Memo

January 2016

Marijuana Ordinance AO 2016-3(S)

The map posted below shows the protected land uses, buffer zones, and allowed zoning districts expressed in AO 2016-3(S).

Draft Anchorage Bowl Map (1/26/16) 

Marijuana DRAFT Ordinance and DRAFT Maps 

The maps posted below give a general sense of where commercial marijuana establishments would be allowed, based on the draft of the marijuana land use ordinance.  This ordinance has not been adopted.  The Planning and Zoning Commission made recommendations to this ordinance at their January 4, 2016, meeting.  The ordinance is going through the public hearing process now before the Assembly (with the Commission's recommendations). 

DRAFT Anchorage Bowl Map

DRAFT Chugiak-Eagle River Map

DRAFT Turnagain Arm Map

June 2015

Cases On-Line and Planning e-Alerts

The Planning Division is pleased to introduce new and improved on-line access to zoning and platting case information, as well as a updated e-alert system.  Click here for instructions on how to sign up.

    • Planning Department
    • Director: Hal Hart
    • 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907-343-7931