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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

February 04, 2019 (Updated)

New Public Hearing Notice Signage

In an effort to provide clarity on public hearing notices, the Municipality of Anchorage Planning Department will be introducing revised “Notice of Public Hearing” signage. The new, color-coded notices are intended to convey the planning case type and number in a more user-friendly format. Each planning case type (subdivision, marijuana, zoning, and alcohol) will now have an individual sign, depicted by color and letter to provide more information at a glance. The signage types are below:

S- Subdivision (Yellow): Subdivisions that require public hearing at the Platting Board.

M- Marijuana (Green):  Cultivation, retail, test, and manufacturing special land use permits that require public hearing at the Anchorage Assembly.

Z- Zoning (Blue): Zoning map amendments, site plan reviews, site selection studies, variances, and conditional use permits that require a public hearing at the Planning and Zoning Commission or Urban Design Commission.

A- Alcohol (Orange): Package stores, clubs, breweries, and beverage dispensary special land use permits that require a public hearing at the Anchorage Assembly.

January 29, 2019

Postponement to March 4 of PZC Public Hearing on Compatible-Scale Infill Housing (R-2 Zones) Project 

The project proposes to update specific standards in the R-2A, R-2D, and R-2M zoning districts as part of Anchorage's 2040 Land Use Plan implementation.

The public hearing draft was scheduled before the Planning and Zoning Commission for February 4 and is postponed to March 4.  The public comment deadline is also extended to March 4.  

See more info on the R-2 zones project webpage.

The updated schedule sheet and project flyer are below. 

June 2018

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.

Spenard Corridor Plan 

The Municipality of Anchorage has embarked on a project to establish a long-term vision for the Spenard Corridor. The Municipality has 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.  

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.