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Planning Division

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.

Current News

September 2016

Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan

In late February, the Long-Range Planning Division released a community discussion draft of the Anchorage Bowl Land Use Plan Map.  Because of public comments received during the public review period, the project has been renamed to better describe what it is--the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan.   

The first public hearing on the plan is scheduled for the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, October 17. Two public informational meetings are also scheduled on the Public Hearing Draft:

  • Monday, September 26, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
    Anchorage Senior Center, 1300 East 19th Avenue
  • Wednesday, September 28, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
    Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 West 48th Avenue

Click here to go to the project page for additional information.

Mountain View Targeted Neighborhood Plan  

The Mountain View Targeted Neighborhood Plan, March 2016 Public Hearing Draft,  was approved by the Anchorage Assembly on September 13, 2016.  A final document will be available in early fall.  In the meantime, click here to download the Public Hearing Draft.   

July 2016  

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.   

February 2016


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

January 2016

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

June 2015

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.

    • Planning Division
    • Director: Hal Hart
    • 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907-343-7931