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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

January 2018

Draft Anchorage School District Six-Year Capital Improvement Program July 1, 2018 –June 30, 2024 (PZC Case No. 2018-0021) 

Proposed R-3A Residential Mixed-Use District (PZC Case No. 2017-0110)

The proposed R-3A district is a residential mixed-use zoning district with proposed densities between 15 and 40 dwelling units per acre. The R-3A district is primarily residential but allows a variety of compatible commercial, retail, services, or office uses.

On January 9, 2018, the Anchorage Assembly held a public hearing on the proposed ordinance and approved it with amendments. 

On November 6, 2017, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended forwarding the proposed R-3A District Ordinance with its amendments to the Anchorage Assembly.  Click here to go to the project page for additional information.

Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan  

On September 26, 2017,  the Anchorage Assembly unanimously adopted (with amendments) the Planning and Zoning Commission Recommended Draft of the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan.  On June 5, 2017, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved forwarding an amended version of its 2016 public hearing draft to the Assembly.

For additional information on the plan, click here to go to the project page.

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