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Planning Division

The Planning Department's mission is to guide Anchorage land use development and community resources to meet the quality of life, economic, social, environmental, and physical needs of present and future residents.

Good planning makes for livable neighborhoods, a safe and healthy community, and a sustainable economy. How land use fits in with housing, transportation, community and economic development gives Anchorage its character.

The Planning Department has a staff of 26 in four divisions that are responsible for a wide range of planning, zoning, and development activities.

Current News


The "old" Title 21 expired on December 31, 2015.  Please see the following memorandum for transition information regarding applications under the "old" code.

"New Title 21" Transition Memo

January 2016

Anchorage School District Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan 

The Anchorage School District Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan will be before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, February 8, 2016, for review and recommendations to the Anchorage Assembly and the Anchorage School Board.

Marijuana Ordinance AO 2016-3(S)

The map posted below shows the protected land uses, buffer zones, and allowed zoning districts expressed in AO 2016-3(S).

Draft Anchorage Bowl Map (1/26/16) 

Marijuana DRAFT Ordinance and DRAFT Maps 

The maps posted below give a general sense of where commercial marijuana establishments would be allowed, based on the draft of the marijuana land use ordinance.  This ordinance has not been adopted.  The Planning and Zoning Commission made recommendations to this ordinance at their January 4, 2016, meeting.  The ordinance is going through the public hearing process now before the Assembly (with the Commission's recommendations). 

DRAFT Anchorage Bowl Map

DRAFT Chugiak-Eagle River Map

DRAFT Turnagain Arm Map

PZC Case No. 2015-0036:  UMED District Plan          

The October 2015 Public Hearing Draft of the UMED District Plan  is re-scheduled for a public hearing before the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.   Click here for more information about the Public Hearing Draft.

Anchorage Land Use Plan Map 

It's almost time to weigh in on the policy map that will be used to guide development in Anchorage for the next 20 years (until 2040).  The Long-Range Planning Division will soon release a review draft of the Anchorage Bowl Land Use Plan Map.  Click here for additional information on the project and the anticipated timeline.

June 2015

Cases On-Line and Planning e-Alerts

The Planning Division is pleased to introduce new and improved on-line access to zoning and platting case information, as well as a updated e-alert system.  Click here for instructions on how to sign up.

    • Planning Division
    • Planning Director: Hal Hart
    • 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907-343-7909