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Planning Division

The Planning Division'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 Division has a staff of 22 in three sections that are responsible for a wide range of planning, zoning, and development activities.

Current News

November 4, 2015

PZC Case No. 2015-0036:  UMED District Plan Update         

The October 2015 Public Hearing Draft of the UMED District Plan Update is scheduled for action before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, November 9, 2015.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers at the Z.J. Loussac Library.  Click here for more information about the revised 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 Section 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  

Title 21 Major Amendments

The “new” Title 21 was adopted in February 2013, and it became effective on January 1, 2014.  In 2014 and 2015, applicants for planning entitlements (requests for site plan approval, conditional use approval, rezoning, subdivision approval and the like) are able to choose to be evaluated under the “old” code or the “new” code.  On January 1, 2016, the “old” code expires and only the “new” code is applicable (with some exceptions—see the areas excepted here). 

Since the adoption of the “new” code, some problems and issues have been identified that need to be addressed.  As of June 1, 2015, the Assembly has approved seven amendments to Title 21 that adjust the standards.  (Other amendments have been passed to adopt or amend comprehensive plan elements.)  Seven additional amendments are in process.  

Two significant current proposals are major amendments to the multifamily design standards brought forward by Planning Division staff (PZC Case 2015-0049—no AO number assigned yet), and AO 2015-59 submitted by Assembly members Hall and Demboski, amendments primarily relating to floor area ratio, height, and residential design standards.  Both proposed ordinances can be downloaded from the link below, along with a variety of supplementary information generated by Planning Division staff.

Title 21 Major Amendments  

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.


Several State of Alaska and Municipality of Anchorage agencies are making public information messages available through Text Messages and /or E-mail Alerts.  You can subscribe to start receiving alerts regarding upcoming planning issues and meetings, including AMATS/Transportation Planning meetings, by subscribing to Nixle.  Sign-up instructions can be viewed at the following link: Nixle  

April 22, 2015

Proposed Amendments to Title 21

Proposed amendments to the "new" Title 21 relating to the multifamily and townhouse residential design standards, open space, and other related sections, will be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission on May 18, 2015.  The meeting will start at 7:30pm in the Assembly Chambers of the Loussac Library.  There will be a public hearing on this item.  

April 14, 2015

Valley of the Moon Park Master Plan

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Valley of the Moon Park Master Plan on May 11, 2015.  The meeting begins at 6:30 pm in the Assembly Chambers at the ZJ Loussac Library. 

December 3, 2014

East Anchorage District Plan (PZC Case No. 2014-0064) 

The  March 2014 Public Hearing Draft of the East Anchorage District Plan was approved by the Anchorage Assembly on December 2, 2014. The draft document can be viewed at the following link:  East Anchorage District Plan Public Hearing Draft 

UMED District Plan

The planning process for the UMED District Plan Update continues.  More information is available on the UMED District Plan project page.

Contact:  Kristine Bunnell at


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