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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 three divisions that are responsible for a wide range of planning, zoning, and development activities:

Current News

September 27, 2018 

Compatible-Scale Infill Housing (R-2 Zones) Project - Community Discussion Draft Released

The Community Discussion Draft is available for public review, with comments due on October 26, 2018.  Refer to the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan Implementation project page for more information.   

June 2018

Municipality of Anchorage Historic Preservation Plan Public Review Draft 

Municipal staff presented the draft Municipality of Anchorage Historic Preservation Plan (MOAHPP) on March 2, 2018, during a First Friday event at the Anchorage Museum.

The adoption of the Historic Preservation Plan will assist the Historic Preservation Commission in its mission 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.  Please click here to go to the Planning Department's project page.

Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan  

On September 26, 2017,  the Anchorage Assembly unanimously adopted (with amendments) the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan.  See the adopted plan here.

Since the 2040 plan was adopted, the Planning Department has been turning to plan implementation. Click here to see upcoming projects to help achieve the 2040 vision.

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.

Spenard Corridor Plan 

The Municipality of Anchorage has embarked on a project to establish a long-term vision for the Spenard Corridor. During the past year, the Municipality engaged the community in a planning process that explored the potential for new buildings in the area, identified opportunities to improve circulation for all travel modes, and is now developing a plan to guide the area’s future for years to come.  Click here to go to the project page.  

Transition from "OLD" Title 21 to "NEW" Title 21

The "old" Title 21 expired on December 31, 2015.  Please click here for more information.

Cases On-Line and Planning e-Alerts

In 2015, the Planning Department introduced a new and improved on-line access to zoning and platting case information, as well as an updated e-alert system.  Click here for instructions on how to sign up.

    • Planning Department
    • Director: Michelle J. McNulty, AICP
    • 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907-343-7931
  • Individuals who need auxiliary aids, services, or special modifications to interact with the Planning Department or to participate at its meetings should contact the Planning Department by telephone at 343-7931 or fax at 343-7927 to request reasonable accommodations.