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October 16, 2020

Multifamily Residential Mixed-Use District (R-4A Zones) Project

The Planning Department has released the community discussion draft of the R-4A Zone Mixed-Use Text Amendment. The amendment proposes changes to the existing R-4A Multifamily Residential Mixed-Use District that are intended to create a more pedestrian‑oriented environment, simplify and consolidate the zoning district's requirements, and allow for higher proportions of commercial space within mixed-use developments. 

Please see the project web page to view the draft and for information on providing comments and contacting the project team.

May 28, 2020
OUR DOWNTOWN, Step 1, AO No. 2020-38 Approved
The Anchorage Assembly, in a unanimous vote, adopted the reformat of the B-2A, B-2B, and B-2C Downtown Zoning Districts on April 28, 2020. This update to Anchorage Municipal Code Title 21 went into effect on Thursday, May 28. See the Our Downtown project web page for the adopted ordinance and the new Title 21 Chapter 21.11, Downtown.  


The Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan shows the near-term actions to take in order to achieve the housing, neighborhoods, and mixed-use centers envisioned in the plan.  Below are current and upcoming projects, with participation opportunities, to carry out some of the 2040 actions listed on page 96 of the Plan.  These projects make changes to Anchorage's development regulations for housing and mixed-use:

  • R-4A ZONE MIXED-USE TEXT AMENDMENT​:​​​​  This project updates and simplifies regulations for the R-4A mixed-use zoning district. The proposed updates will create a more pedestrian-oriented environment, allow more commercial space within mixed-use developments, and make the zoning district’s requirements easier to follow (Action 3-1).

  • REINVESTMENT FOCUS AREAS​ (RFAs):  This project establishes an RFA selection procedure, with approval by the Anchorage Assembly and new incentives for reinvestment in RFAs.  Also, it initiates the first RFA, potentially in Spenard/Midtown (Actions 2-2 and 2-3).  

  • PARKING REDUCTIONS BY-RIGHT:  This project streamlines approvals for a reduced number of parking spaces for housing developments and creates some additional reductions (Action 4-3).

  • ADDITIONAL HOUSING BY DESIGN:  This project amends development regulations to create more compact infill housing opportunities in the R-3 and R-2M zones. It includes allowing one or two more units on some lots, subject to neighborhood compatibility standards (Action 4-4).

Other 2040 actions may be taken by other agencies, such as transportation plans and investments by AMATS.

Bookmark this page and participate in these upcoming 2040  LUP implementation projects.

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Long-Range Planning Division
Planning Department
P.O. Box 196650
Anchorage, AK 99519-6650

Phone: (907) 343-7921
FAX:     (907) 343-7927