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R-2M Multiple-Family Residential District

This district district is a medium-density urban and suburban multiple-family residential district.  This district is governed by section 21.40.045 of the municipal code.

Minimum lot area 6,000 square feet (1-2 dwelling units)
8,500 square feet (3 dwelling units)
11,000 square feet (4 dwelling units)
13,500 square feet (5 dwelling units)
16,000 square feet (6 dwelling units)
18,000 square feet (7 dwelling units)
20,000 square feet (8 dwelling units)
More than 8 dwelling units: See note 2 below
Minimum lot width 50 feet
Front yard setback 20 feet
Side yard setback 5 feet
Rear yard setback 10 feet
Minimum usable yard 1-3 dwelling units: none
More than 3 dwelling units: 400 square feet per dwelling unit
Maximum height of a principal structure 30 feet
Maximum height of a detached garage 25 feet
Maximum height of other accessory structures 12 feet
Maximum lot coverage 40%
Driveway surface Paved
Landscaping required 1-3 dwelling units: None
More than 3 dwelling units: Visual Enhancement3 and perimeter4
Setback for animal enclosures 100 feet

  1. Multiple principal structures are allowed only on lots of one acre (43,560 square feet) or more.
  2. Each dwelling unit over 8 requires an additional 2,500 square feet of lot area.  However, as the maximum number of dwelling units in any building is limited to 8, this only applies to lots of one acre (43,560 square feet) or more.
  3. All areas not devoted to buildings, structures, drives, walks, off-street parking facilities or other authorized installations must be planted with Visual Enhancement landscaping.
  4. Perimeter landscaping is required for parking lots serving more than 3 dwelling units (see AMC 21.45.080.W.6 and W.10.)

If you use the online version of the code (under "External Links), try searching on "21.40.045" for more information.  Please note that recent amendments may not have been published yet.  Land Use Enforcement will be happy to verify the current code language for you.

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    • Current Planning
    • Section Supervisor: Erika McConnell
    • 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907 343-7943