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Planning Department                    

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 three divisions that are responsible for a wide range of planning, zoning, and development activities:

Current News

November 1, 2019
Public Hearing Draft of OUR DOWNTOWN - Step 1
on Monday, November 4, 2019

The proposed reformat of the B-2A, B-2B, and B-2C Downtown Zoning Districts was released on Monday, November 4, for public comment.  This reformat is an update to Anchorage Municipal Code Title 21.  A Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2020.  More information is available on the project webpage.

October 2019

OUR DOWNTOWN Project Kickoff
Friday, October 4, 2019
Anchorage Museum Atrium

The Planning Department has begun the process of updating the Downtown Title 21 code and Downtown Anchorage Comprehensive Plan. This will be a multi-step, multi-year process. 

The process began during First Friday Design Week launch as "Imagine the Future" for OUR DOWNTOWN.  Sharing ideas on projects, places, and values set the stage for positive actions, developments, and investments in Downtown Anchorage.

Compatible-Scale Infill Housing (R-2 Zones) Project
PZC Case No. 2019-0009 

A public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission was held on March 4, 2019. The Commission will deliberate and take action in February 2020.

The project proposes to update specific standards in R-2A, R-2D, and R-2M zoning districts as part of Anchorage's 2040 Land Use Plan implementation.

The public hearing draft documents comprising Planning and Zoning Commission Case No. 2019-0009 are on the R-2 zones project webpage.    

May 2019

Anchorage 2040 Plan Progress Open House

On May 14, the Anchorage Planning Department held the Anchorage 2040 Plan Progress Open House at the Spenard Recreation Center.  Updates on projects and initiatives focused on achieving the goals of the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan for housing, neighborhoods, and more were presented or available to discuss.  Staff were available to discuss other Planning Department issues as well. More information on the Anchorage 2040 Plan is available on the Anchorage 2040 Implementation Projects webpage.

February 04, 2019

New Public Hearing Notice Signage

In an effort to provide clarity on public hearing notices, the Municipality of Anchorage Planning Department will be introducing revised “Notice of Public Hearing” signage. The new, color-coded notices are intended to convey the planning case type and number in a more user-friendly format. Each planning case type (subdivision, marijuana, zoning, and alcohol) will now have an individual sign, depicted by color and letter to provide more information at a glance. The signage types are below:

S- Subdivision (Yellow): Subdivisions that require public hearing at the Platting Board.

M- Marijuana (Green):  Cultivation, retail, test, and manufacturing special land use permits that require public hearing at the Anchorage Assembly.

Z- Zoning (Blue): Zoning map amendments, site plan reviews, site selection studies, variances, and conditional use permits that require a public hearing at the Planning and Zoning Commission or Urban Design Commission.

A- Alcohol (Orange): Package stores, clubs, breweries, and beverage dispensary special land use permits that require a public hearing at the Anchorage Assembly.

June 2018

Cases On-Line and Planning e-Alerts

In 2015, the Planning Department introduced a new and improved on-line access to zoning and platting case information, as well as an updated e-alert system.  Click here for instructions on how to sign up.

How Can We Help You?
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