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R-3 Multiple-Family Residential District

The R-3 district includes urban and suburban single-family, two-family and multiple-family residential uses with medium population densities.  This district is governed by section 21.40.050 of the municipal code.

Minimum lot area 1-4 dwelling units: 6,000 square feet
5 dwelling units: 8,500 square feet
More than 5 dwelling units: 8,500 plus 1,000 square feet per dwelling unit over 5
Minimum lot width 1-4 dwelling units: 50 feet
More than 4 dwelling units: 75 feet
Front yard setback 20 feet
Side yard setback 1-2 dwelling units: 5 feet
More than 2 dwelling units: 10 feet
Rear yard setback 1-2 dwelling units: 10 feet
More than 2 dwelling units: 20 feet
Minimum usable yard 1-2 dwelling units: none
More than 2 dwelling units: 400 square feet per dwelling unit
Maximum height of structures 35 feet
Maximum lot coverage 40%
Driveway surface Paved
Landscaping required Visual Enhancement1 and perimeter2
Setback for animal enclosures 100 feet3

  1. All areas not devoted to buildings, structures, drives, walks, off-street parking facilities or other authorized installations must be planted with Visual Enhancement landscaping.
  2. Perimeter landscaping is required for parking lots serving more than 3 dwelling units (see AMC 21.45.080.W.6 and W.10.)
  3. The outdoor harboring and keeping of dogs, animals, and fowl is a conditional use.

If you use the online version of the code (under "External Links), try searching on "21.40.050" 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