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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

December 12, 2014

The draft Chester Creek Watershed Plan will be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission on February 9, 2015 (Case 2014-0209).  The Commission will hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to the Assembly regarding the adoption of this plan as an element of the comprehensive plan.

December 8, 2014

The Anchorage School District has requested a postponement from the Planning and Zoning Commission for Case 2014-0183: South High School Stadium Improvements.  ASD is requesting that the case be heard before PZC in January.

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 

Ship Creek Framework Plan  

The Ship Creek Framework Plan was approved on July 22, 2014, by the Anchorage Assembly.  The document can be viewed at the following link:  Ship Creek Framework Plan.    

October 10, 2014

Fairview Neighborhood Plan (PZC Case No. 2014-0066)  

The March 2014 Public Hearing Draft of the Fairview Neighborhood Plan was approved with amendments by the Anchorage Assembly on September 8, 2014 (AO No. 2014-108).  The amendments will be incorporated into the final document.  In the meantime, the draft document can be viewed at the following link:  Fairview Neighborhood Plan Public Hearing Draft

July 2014    

Anchorage's 2015 Anchorage's Four Original Neighborhoods Interpretive Plan 

The Plan will guide future development of interpretive displays and other public outreach in the Historic Preservation Commission’s support of the 2015 Centennial.  The document can be viewed at the following link:  Anchorage's 2015 Four Orginal Neighborhoods Interpretive Plan      

Contact:  Kristine Bunnell at

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

July 11, 2013:  

Anchorage Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 2013 Update 

This 2013 report is the annual update to the Anchorage Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 2009-2013. This annual report serves as a progress report on economic development activities pursued throughout the planning cycle, changes in key economic conditions within the Municipality of Anchorage, and emerging issues that may impact or influence further implementation of the CEDS. As an ongoing part of the planning process, an updated list of projects has been included in the appendix. These projects have been altered to reflect the changing economic circumstances and priorities of the Municipality of Anchorage. 

April 10, 2013:   

2012 Anchorage Indicators

An updated 2012 Anchorage Indicators is now available as a follow-up to the Municipality’s set of indicators compiled in 2000. The report was researched and produced by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC).  The 2012 changes in the update are detailed in the Appendix.  In all, 242 elements have been updated and 86 are newly added.      

Historic Preservation Plan

The Historic Preservation Plan for Anchorage’s Original Four Neighborhoods (HPP) is a community-based plan initiated by the Municipality of Anchorage as a National Historic Preservation Act-Section 106 mitigation effort. The planning area includes Government Hill, Downtown, South Addition, and Fairview community council areas.  Ship Creek is also included because so much of Anchorage’s early documented development started there, and it lies within three of the four original neighborhoods. The HPP will be the foundation for future historic preservation planning efforts in the Anchorage Bowl by the Municipality with support from the Anchorage Historic Preservation Commission.  Community outreach efforts have included target mailings to the four neighborhoods, Alaska Native Peoples and Tribes, government agencies and other interested parties.  

The Plan was approved on February 12, 2013 (AO No. 2013-12).

Contact:  Kristine Bunnell at

Anchorage Housing Market Analysis   

In 2012, the Planning Division completed the Anchorage Housing Market Analysis.  The Municipality contracted with McDowell Group and ECONorthwest to prepare a technical report regarding the Anchorage Housing Market in order to (a) project future demand for various housing types; (b) determine the housing capacity of residential lands; and (c) determine the financial feasibility of compact housing types.  The report concludes with the identification of key housing issues and a discussion of policy options for the Municipality to consider.   

    • Planning Division
    • Director: Jerry T. Weaver, Jr.
    • 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907-343-7909