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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 19, 2014

The Anchorage School District (ASD) has provided a modified version of the current ASD Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) (2014-2020) for review and recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission to the Anchorage School Board, pursuant to AMC 21.10.015A.6.  The document was modified to reflect the passage of the 2014 school bond and the School Board's and Assembly's decisions on the upcoming 2015 school bond.  This information will assist in making recommendations for the 2015-2021 CIP.  The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a work session on this document on February 2, 2015, at 5:30pm in the Assembly Chambers, and will make a recommendation to the Anchorage School Board at their February 9, 2015 meeting.  There will be no public hearing on this item.

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


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