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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

April 30, 2014    

Anchorage's 2015 Centennial Legacy Interpretive Plan 

The focus of the Anchorage's 2015 Centennial Legacy Interpretive Plan is the area specific to the recently adopted Historic Preservation Plan for Anchorage’s Four Original Neighborhoods (HPP), which includes Government Hill, Downtown, South Addition, and Fairview.  The plan also includes the area of Ship Creek.  The HPP identified interpretive elements as a way to define educational and interpretive projects to help preserve, celebrate, and share the neighborhoods' unique histories. 

The Anchorage's 2015 Centennial Legacy Interpretive Plan will be the guiding document for future development of interpretive displays and education items and other public outreach in the Historic Preservation Commission’s support of the 2015 Centennial. 

The plan is being reviewed for the Historic Preservation Commission and is out for public review and comment  through May 31, 2014.  The document is available for viewing at the link below.

Anchorage's 2015 Centennial Legacy Interpretive Plan  

Comments may be e-mailed to Kristine Bunnell in the Long-Range Planning Section at BunnellKR@muni.org.   For more information, please call (907) 343-7993.

April 10, 2014

East Anchorage District Plan

The  East Anchorage District Plan March 2014 Public Hearing Draft  can be viewed at the link below:  

East Anchorage District Plan Public Hearing Draft   

April 7, 2014

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

The Public Hearing Draft of the Fairview Neighborhood Plan is scheduled before the Planning and Zoning Commission for public hearing on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers of the Z.J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage.  The document can be viewed at the link below:

Fairview Neighborhood Plan  

March 12, 2014

Ship Creek Framework Plan (PZC Case No. 2014-033)

The Ship Creek Framework Plan replaces the previous September 2013 Ship Creek Master Plan (PZC Case No. 2013-138) and is rescheduled before the Planning and Zoning Commission for public hearing on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers of the Z.J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage.  The document can be viewed at the link below:

Ship Creek Framework Plan  

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:  343-7993 or BunnellKR@muni.org

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. 

CEDS 2013 Update  

April 10, 2013:   

Title 21 Rewrite  

As the chapters of the adopted Title 21 (AO No. 2012-124(S), February 26, 2013) are completed with the Assembly's amendments, they are available on the Title 21 Rewrite project page.  

Contact:  343-7921 or title21@muni.org

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 343-7993 or bunnellkr@muni.org

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