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 a staff of 26 in four divisions that are responsible for a wide range of planning, zoning, and development activities.
Spenard Corridor Plan
The Municipality of Anchorage is embarking on a project to establish a long-term vision for the Spenard Corridor. Over the next year, the Municipality will engage the community in a planning process that will explore the potential for new buildings in the area, identify opportunities to improve circulation for all travel modes, and develop a plan that guides the area’s future for years to come. The Municipality held a community workshop for the Spenard Corridor Plan project on July 27.
Anchorage Land Use Plan Map
On February 29, 2016, the Long-Range Planning Division released a community discussion draft of the Anchorage Bowl Land Use Plan Map. Click here to go to the project page and for additional information on the project and the anticipated timeline.
Mountain View Targeted Neighborhood Plan
A public hearing on the Mountain View Targeted Neighborhood Plan, March 2016 Public Hearing Draft (PZC Case No. 2016-0059), was held by the Planning and Zoning Commission on June 13, 2016. The Commission recommended approval to the Anchorage Assembly, and the Plan has been forwarded to them for introduction on August 23 and a public hearing on September 13, 2016. Click here to download the Public Hearing Draft.
TRANSITION FROM "OLD" TITLE 21 TO "NEW" TITLE 21
The "old" Title 21 expired on December 31, 2015. Please see the following memorandum for transition information regarding applications under the "old" code.
"New Title 21" Transition Memo
Marijuana Ordinance AO 2016-3(S)
The map posted below shows the protected land uses, buffer zones, and allowed zoning districts expressed in AO 2016-3(S).
Draft Anchorage Bowl Map (1/26/16)
Marijuana DRAFT Ordinance and DRAFT Maps
The maps posted below give a general sense of where commercial marijuana establishments would be allowed, based on the draft of the marijuana land use ordinance. This ordinance has not been adopted. The Planning and Zoning Commission made recommendations to this ordinance at their January 4, 2016, meeting. The ordinance is going through the public hearing process now before the Assembly (with the Commission's recommendations).
DRAFT Anchorage Bowl Map
DRAFT Chugiak-Eagle River Map
DRAFT Turnagain Arm Map
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.