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R-4 MultipleFamily Residential District

The R-4 district includes urban multiple-family dwelling uses with medium to high residential densities.  This district is governed by section 21.40.060 of the municipal code.

Minimum lot area 1-6 dwelling units: 6,000 square feet
7-10 dwelling units: 8,500 plus 750 square feet per dwelling unit over 7
11 or more dwelling units: 11,500  square feet and a floor area ratio less than or equal to 2
Minimum lot width 1-6 dwelling units: 50 feet
More than 6 dwelling units: 75 feet
Front yard setback 10 feet
Side yard setback 5 feet plus 1 additional foot for each 5 feet of building height over 35 feet
Rear yard setback 10 feet
Minimum usable yard 1-2 dwelling units: none
More than 2 dwelling units: 100 square feet per dwelling unit
Maximum height of structures Unrestricted except by Airport Height Zone regulations
Maximum lot coverage 50%
Driveway surface Paved
Landscaping required Visual Enhancement1 and perimeter2
Setback for animal enclosures The outdoor harboring and keeping of dogs, animals, and fowl is prohibited.

  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.)

If you use the online version of the code (under "External Links), try searching on "21.40.060" 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