Items of Interest
The below factsheets are provided as a courtesy to the public to highlight provisions of the law; it is not the law. For specific details of the law and the requirements or prohibitions of law, please refer to the text of the ordinance or Anchorage Municipal Code.
Ordinance Increasing Minimum Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco Products to 21
Ordinance No. AO 2019-90(S), an ordinance of the Anchorage Assembly amending certain sections of Anchorage Municipal Code Title 14 to increase the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21, including electronic smoking products and products containing nicotine in the regulation of tobacco products, make conforming amendments to the fine schedule in Title 14 and complementary amendments to Title 12, and related matters.
Public Meeting Regarding on Site Consumption of Marijuana in Anchorage in May 2019
AO 2019-66_On-Site Consumption of MJ, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly making technical corrections to Municipal Marijuana Licensing and allowing on-site consumption of edible marijuana products at licensed, freestanding retail marijuana stores that have a Municipal Endorsement by amending Anchorage Municipal Code Chapter 10.80 and amending Section 14.60.030 for corresponding civil fines.
AO 2019-67_Title 21 amendment re on-site consumption of MJ, an ordinance of the Anchorage Assembly amending Anchorage Municipal Code Title 21, Sections 21.03.020C., 21.03.105, 21.05.055, and 21.07.090E., and amending “Old Code" Sections 21.15.030 and 21.50.420, to establish land use regulations for on-site consumption of marijuana endorsements associated with a Marijuana Retail Sales Establishment; and waiving review of these amendments by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Meeting dates as follows:
- Friday, May 10, 2019 Worksession: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. located at City Hall, 632 W 6th Avenue, Assembly Conference Room 155.
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019 The Federation of Community Councils (FCC): 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. located at 1057 West Fireweed Lane, Suite 100. Please contact the FCC at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
- Friday, May 17, 2019 Second Workession: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. located at City Hall, 632 W 6th Avenue, Assembly Conference Room 155.
- Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Regular Assembly Meeting: Public hearing beginning no earlier than 6:00 p.m. at Z.J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali, Room 108, Assembly Chambers.
Special Assembly Meeting of April 26, 2019
Resolution Opposing Governor Dunleavy's Proposed FY2020 Budget
AR 2019-105, a resolution opposing Governor Dunleavy's proposed FY2020 budget.
April 2, 2019 Municipal Election Bond Propositions and Ballot Review
- To view the bond propositions for the April 2, 2019 Municipal Election, please click HERE.
- To view the League of Women Voters Ballot Review, please click HERE.
Ordinance prohibiting Certain Consumer Products Containing Flame Retardant Chemicals
Proposed AO 2019-15(S), As Amended, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly to protect the health of children and firefighters by amending the Anchorage Municipal Code to add a new Chapter 15.100, Consumer Products, and a new section to prohibit certain consumer products containing flame retardant chemicals harmful to human health and development. - Amended and Assembly action postponed to the Regular Assembly Meeting of March 19, 2019.
Amendment No. 1 - Failed.
Amendment No. 2 - Failed.
Amendment No. 3 - Not Moved.
Amendment No. 4 - Not Moved.
Amendment No. 5 - Not Moved.
Amendment No. 6 - Passed.
Amendment No. 7 - Passed.
Ordinance regarding Lewis & Clark Rezone
Proposed AO 2019-20, an ordinance amending the zoning map and approving the rezoning of approximately 77 acres from R-8 (low density residential 4 acre district) to R-10 SL (low density residential, alpine/slope district) with special limitations for N½ of the SE¼ of Section 25, T12N, R3W, S.M., Alaska excepting the NW¼ of the NW¼ of the SE¼ of section 25, T12N, R3W, S.M., Alaska, and lots 1 and 2 of Vergason-Jones Subdivision per plat 98-178; generally located South of Upper Dearmoun Road, West of Canyon Road, and West of Messinia Street, in Anchorage. - Assembly action postponed to the Regular Assembly Meeting of March 5, 2019.
Ordinance regarding Community Workforce Agreement Requirement - Delay in Effective Day!
AO 2019-24, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly suspending and delaying the effective date of AO 2018-74, As Amended, which requires Community Workforce Agreement review for projects in excess of $3,5000,000, from September 25, 2018 to April 1, 2019, Department of Law. - Approved at the Regular Assembly Meeting of February 12, 2019.
AO 2018-74, As Amended, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly amending Anchorage Municipal Code Title 7, Purchasing, Contracts and Professional Services, to require that municipal construction projects in excess of $3,500,000 be reviewed for a Community Workforce Agreement requirement before soliciting bids or proposals, and related matters.- Approved as amended at the Regular Assembly Meeting of September 25, 2018.
Ordinance prohibiting Plastic Shopping Bags - Delay in Effective Date!
AO 2018-110, As Amended, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly amending Anchorage Municipal Code Chapter 15.95, Disposable Plastic Shopping Bags, to delay the date the prohibition on distribution goes into effect, to add and clarify exceptions, to clarify terminology and include conforming amendments, and amending the corresponding language in AMC Section 14.60.030 accordingly. - Approved as amended at the Regular Assembly Meeting of December 18, 2018.
AO 2018-63(S), As Amended, an ordinance of the Anchorage Assembly amending the Anchorage Municipal Code to add a new chapter to prohibit certain retail sellers from distributing disposable plastic shopping bags and providing for civil fines.- Approved as amended at the Regular Assembly Meeting of August 28, 2018. A motion for reconsideration of AO 2018-63(S), As Amended failed at the Regular Assembly Meeting of September 11, 2018.
Application for Anchorage Assembly Internship Program
The Anchorage Assembly has partnered with APU and UAA to offer an internship program for college students to intern under Assembly Members while the students receive course credits. This is an opportunity for students to build professional connections, work on real policy, and learn more about local issues. If you know of any college students enrolled at APU or UAA currently who are interested in interning for the Anchorage Assembly this 2019 spring semester, please encourage them to apply through this link! The deadline to apply is January 25th.
Ordinance designating Deteriorated Areas including the Fourth Avenue Theatre
AO 2015-49, As Amended and Corrected, an ordinance designating as deteriorated areas the Fourth Avenue Theatre, Reed Building and adjacent real property located in the Downtown business district, and the Northern Lights Inn and adjacent real property located in Midtown; setting the deteriorated area boundaries pursuant to Anchorage Municipal Code Section 12.35.005; providing landfill fee waivers or discounts for disposal of the Northern Lights Inn improvements; and providing that information filed under AMC Subsection 12.35.010A.6 related to the aforementioned properties shall be deemed proprietary under AMC Section 3.90.040G. - Approved as amended at the Regular Assembly Meeting of May 14, 2015. Immediate Reconsideration failed on May 14, 2015. Document corrected on September 24, 2015.
Ordinance regarding a Ballot Proposition - Retail Sales Tax on Alcoholic Beverages
AO 2018-104, an ordinance of the Anchorage Assembly submitting to the qualified voters of the Municipality of Anchorage a ballot proposition amending the Anchorage Municipal Charter to authorize a retail sales tax on alcoholic beverages and dedicating the net receipts revenue to health and public safety purposes, including financing support for such purposes; authorizing the Assembly to implement and levy the tax by ordinance; and related matters, Mayor Berkowitz, Assembly Vice-Chair Croft, Assembly Member Traini, and Assembly Member Rivera. - Approved as amended at the Continued Regular Assembly Meeting of December 18, 2018.
Assembly Legislation regarding the Sale of Municipal Light & Power to Chugach Electric Association, Inc.
AO 2018-1(S), an ordinance submitting to the qualified voters of the Municipality of Anchorage a Charter amendment permitting Municipal Light & Power to be sold to Chugach Electric Association, Inc. and authorizing disposal of the proceeds of sale. - Approved at the Regular Assembly Meeting of January 23, 2018.
AR 2017-235, a resolution of the Anchorage Assembly urging the Municipality of Anchorage, Municipal Light & Power, and Chugach Electric Association to begin substantive steps to explore merger opportunities. - Approved at the Regular Assembly Meeting of June 13, 2017.
Ordinance regarding Stream, Water Body, and Wetland Protection
AO 2018-67(S-1), As Amended, a proposed ordinance of the Anchorage Assembly repealing and reenacting Anchorage Municipal Code (AMC) Subsection 21.07.020B. to update provisions regarding watercourse, water body, and wetland protection; amending AMC Chapters 21.02 and 21.03 to transfer variance authority for variances from watercourse, water body, and wetland protection regulations to the Zoning Board of Examiners and Appeals; adding a new section to AMC Chapter 21.12 regarding nonconformities with said protections; and amending AMC 21.14.040, definitions, accordingly. - Approved as amended at the Regular Assembly Meeting of October 9, 2018.
Ordinance regarding Acquisition of Real Property for Solid Waste Services
AO 2018-75, an ordinance authorizing acquisition of real property located south of East 36th Avenue and west of Homer Drive, legally described as Lots 1 and 2 Block 1 Fyfe Subdivision (Plat 72-57); East and West portions of SW4 SW4 SE4 SW4 SW4 SEC 32 T13N R3W; Parcel 1-21 N2 NE4 SW4 SW4 portion within SEC 32 T13N R3W; and Parcel 1-22 S2 NE4 SW4 SW4, N2 SE4 SW4 SW4 portion within SEC 32 T13N R3W (PID 009-281-70; 009-281-71; 009-284-09; 009-284-10; 009-284-01; 009-284-02), for a purchase price, including related expenses, in an amount Not To Exceed $17,000,000; appropriating the proceeds of Solid Waste Utility Revenue Notes and or bonds (Collection and Disposal); appropriating proceeds from the notes and or bonds in an amount Not To Exceed $17,000,000, split between the Solid Waste Disposal Services (SWS) Fund (562000) in the amount of $10,200,000 and the Solid Waste Collection Services Fund (560000) in the amount of $6,800,000; and further appropriating the proceeds of the notes and/or bonds as a contribution to the SWS Capital Improvement Project Funds (562200) and (560200) respectively, and revising both Solid Waste Services’ 2018 Capital Improvement Budget and Solid Waste Services’ 2018-2013 Capital Improvement Plan. - Approved at the Regular Assembly Meeting of October 23, 2018.
Resolution regarding Efforts to Daylight Fish Creek
AR 2018-277, As Amended, a resolution of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly supporting efforts to daylight Fish Creek, also known by the Dena'ina people as Ch'atanal Tsegh Liq'aka Betnu, and encouraging the ongoing and future projects to restore, protect, and enhance daylighting of Fish Creek. - Approved as amended at the Regular Assembly Meeting of September 25, 2018.
Public Hearing Process
Citizens' Task Force Recommendations - October 8, 2013