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.
Title 21 Major Amendments
The “new” Title 21 was adopted in February 2013, and it became effective on January 1, 2014. In 2014 and 2015, applicants for planning entitlements (requests for site plan approval, conditional use approval, rezoning, subdivision approval and the like) are able to choose to be evaluated under the “old” code or the “new” code. On January 1, 2016, the “old” code expires and only the “new” code is applicable (with some exceptions—see the areas excepted here).
Since the adoption of the “new” code, some problems and issues have been identified that need to be addressed. As of June 1, 2015, the Assembly has approved seven amendments to Title 21 that adjust the standards. (Other amendments have been passed to adopt or amend comprehensive plan elements.) Seven additional amendments are in process.
Two significant current proposals are major amendments to the multifamily design standards brought forward by Planning Division staff (PZC Case 2015-0049—no AO number assigned yet), and AO 2015-59 submitted by Assembly members Hall and Demboski, amendments primarily relating to floor area ratio, height, and residential design standards. Both proposed ordinances can be downloaded from the link below, along with a variety of supplementary information generated by Planning Division staff.
Title 21 Major Amendments
The committee will meet again to continue review of AO 2015-59 on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, in Room 170 of the Planning and Development Center, 4700 Elmore Road.
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.
Several State of Alaska and Municipality of Anchorage agencies are making public information messages available through Text Messages and /or E-mail Alerts. You can subscribe to start receiving alerts regarding upcoming planning issues and meetings, including AMATS/Transportation Planning meetings, by subscribing to Nixle. Sign-up instructions can be viewed at the following link: Nixle
May 4, 2015
PZC Case No. 2015-0036: UMED District Plan Update
Due to the number of comments received on the March 2015 Draft of the UMED Plan Update, the above case is being postponed until further notice to provide a revised draft for the Public Hearing. It was originally scheduled for public hearing on May 11.
April 22, 2015
Proposed Amendments to Title 21
Proposed amendments to the "new" Title 21 relating to the multifamily and townhouse residential design standards, open space, and other related sections, will be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission on May 18, 2015. The meeting will start at 7:30pm in the Assembly Chambers of the Loussac Library. There will be a public hearing on this item.
April 14, 2015
Valley of the Moon Park Master Plan
The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Valley of the Moon Park Master Plan on May 11, 2015. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm in the Assembly Chambers at the ZJ Loussac Library.
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
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 BunnellKR@muni.org