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Current News

October 18, 2021

Public Hearing Draft of the Anchorage Downtown District Plan

A new public hearing draft has been released for public review and comment.  A Planning and Zoning Commission hearing is scheduled for December 6.  See the Our Downtown project ​page for the document..​

September 3, 2021

Public Hearing Draft R-2 Zones Bulk and Height Amendment is released for public comment

A new public hearing draft amendment to the R-2 zones two-and-one-half-story (2½-story)​ height limit and other dimensional standards has been released​ for a two-month public-review-and-comment period.  A Planning and Zoning Commission hearing is ​scheduled for November 1.  See the R-2 project page.  

August 24, 2021

Small Area Implementation Plan (SAIP) - AO No. 2021-46(S) approved

The Anchorage Assembly adopted the Small Area Implementation Plan, a new master planning tool in Title 21, Chapter 21.03, Review and Approval Procedures, on June 8, 2021.  This project, which was brought forward by the Planning Department as a public hearing draft in February 2021, has implemented Anchorage 2040 Action 2-11. 


The Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan shows the near-term actions to take in order to achieve the housing, neighborhoods, and mixed-use centers envisioned in the plan.  Below are current and upcoming projects, with participation opportunities, to carry out some of the 2040 actions listed on page 96 of the Plan.  These projects make changes to Anchorage's development regulations for housing and mixed-use:

  • R-2 ZONES BULK AND HEIGHT AMENDMENT:  This project proposes to amend the 2.​5-story limit in the R-2A, R-2D, and R-2M residential zones, by allowing for 3-story residences in certain locations and situations, subject to mitigating features,​ such as height transitions (Action 4-4).  Contact:

  • OUR DOWNTOWN: This project is a three-step, multi-year process to update the Downtown Title 21 code and the Downtown Anchorage Comprehensive Plan (2040 Actions 3-2 and 3-9). Contact:
  • REINVESTMENT FOCUS AREAS​ (RFAs):  This project establishes an RFA selection procedure, with approval by the Anchorage Assembly and new incentives for reinvestment in RFAs.  Also, it initiates the first RFA, potentially in Spenard/Midtown (Actions 2-2 and 2-3).

Other 2040 actions may be taken by other agencies, such as transportation plans and investments by AMATS.

Bookmark this page and participate in these upcoming 2040 LUP implementation projects.


Long-Range Planning Division
Planning Department
P.O. Box 196650
Anchorage, AK 99519-6650

Phone: (907) 343-7921
FAX:     (907) 343-7927