​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Focus on Housing Action​

The urban center of the state, Anchorage is​ home to a vibrant community burdened by a housing shortage. Our city needs more housing, especially housing that is affordable to community members across all economic backgrounds, and we are at work alongside housing experts, developers an​d the residents of Anchorage to act today for better housing tomorrow.



Join the Conversation​

Your voice is an important part of the solution. Tune in or, even better, attend upcoming Assembly Meeti​ngs, worksessions and events related to housing action.

Invested in the Public Process

Housing action is a team effort. The Assembly's collaborative work​ is guided by the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan, a community-based plan which recommends strategies for future growth, development and sustainability.



Informed by Community Engagement

In 2023, the Assembly invited neighbors to engage alongside municipal staff, planners, builders, and realtors, to develop a community-informed Housing Action Plan. The plan sets a vision for housing in Anchorage and outlines steps to get there.

Current Initiatives​

​Short Term Rental Permitting

AO 2023-110 sponsored by Assembly Members Randy Sulte and Meg Zaletel

​​​​During the October 10 Regular Assembly Meeting, Assembly Members Sulte and Zaletel introduced AO 2023-110​, a proposal to establish a municipal permit process for licensing short term rentals throughout the Municipality

As proposed, the ordinance would establish an annual $400 permitting process for properties to be used as short term rentals, including AirBnB, VRBOs and independent rentals. The licenses would be issued to property owners, and would not be transferrable through the sale or transfer of a property to a new owner. 

What's Next for AO 2023-110?

The Anchorage Assembly approved AO 2023-110(S-1), As Amended, at the March 19 Regular Assembly Meeting. On March 20, the Mayor vetoed the ordinance. 

The HOME Initiative

03_ICON_High Res.png AO 2023-87(S) sponsored by Assembly Members Anna Brawley, Daniel Volland and Meg Zaletel

This fall, Assembly Members Brawley, Volland and Zaletel introduced AO 2023-87​ to establish the Housing Opportunities in the Municipality for Everyone Initiative, or the HOME Initiative

The HOME Initiative proposes establishing five residential zones in the Anchorage bowl, as identified in the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan (LUP) :

  • LLR – Large Lot Residential
  • STFR – Single Family and Two-Family Residential
  • CMRL – Compact Mixed Residential Low​​
  • CMRM – Compact Mixed Residential Medium
  • URH – Urban Residential High

The proposal excludes Girdwood and Chugiak/Eagle River, communities whose land use is not determined by the 2040 LUP.

About the H​OME Initiative

What's Next for the HOME Initiative?

On September 26, 2023, the HOME Initiative was referred to the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) and Planning Department to identify and draft the needed revisions to Title 21, the Anchorage Comprehensive Plan and the 2040 Land Use Plan in order to implement the changes proposed by the initiative. The HOME Initiative is Planning Case No. 2024-0006.

On March 4, the sponsors presented on their updated draft​ in an online webinar. On March 18, PZC held a worksession and opened a public hearing on the item, where the sponsors presented a more detailed review​ of the proposal. PZC continued the public hearing to their May 20 meeting and welcomes public comments online​.

The proposed changes are expected to come back to the Assembly in spring 2024.​

Previous Initiatives

Housing Action Plan

Sponsored by Assembly Members Anna Brawley and Felix Rivera

Building on the momentum of the Assembly's work on housing action and Housing Action Week in fall 2023, the Anchorage Assembly is working alongside the community to develop a Housing Action Plan. 

​Public Engagement History

November 3 | Anchorage Community Housing Action Summit: Assembly Members Anna Brawley and Felix Rivera unveiled the Draft Housing Action Plan.

November 16 | Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting: ​The sponsors presented the draft plan and sollicited feedback from municipal professionals and industry experts. 

December 4 |  Deadline for Public Comment: Comments were received via email, including: 

  • 100 people participated in providing comments during the Case Studies section of the Housing Action Summit
  • 177 suggestions submitted via email from 26 individuals and 10 agencies: Anchorage Community Land Trust, Catholic Social Services, MOA Planning Department, Anchorage Community Development Authority, AARP Alaska, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Sightline Institute, AKPIRG, NeighborWorks Alaska, Alaska Literacy Program
December 19 Assembly Action​: The Anchorage Assembly approved AR 2023-433, adopting the Housing Action Plan

Bringing Back the Triplex +1

Sponsored by Assembly Members Kevin Cross, Randy Sulte and Daniel Volland.

In Fall 2022, local researcher and journalist Jeannette Lee published a piece with the Sightline Institute: Can Anchorage bring back the triplex? ​The question sparked a year-long process, informed by a working group of municipal staff, industry experts and housing enthusiasts, to resolve the problems in code that drive up the cost of building small multifamily housing.

AO 2023-103 - Title 21, Land Use

The first of two ordinances sponsored by Assembly Members Kevin Cross, Randy Sulte and Daniel Volland aimed at making triplexes and fourplexes easier to build in zones where they are already allowed, the Anchorage Assembly approved AO 2023-103(S), As Amended, in December. The ordinance revises Title 21 – Land Use to align three- and four-unit developments with the same regulations as single family homes and duplexes in zones where multifamily housing is allowed in accordance with the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan. Amendments were approved to require snow storage and standardize height and setback restrictions for any project with 1-4 units. 

AO 2023-130 - Title 23, Building Code

The second, complementary ordinance, AO 2023-130(S), As Amended, to revise Title 23 – Building Code, was approved in January. This ordinance defines three unit projects as residential construction and lowers permitting fees for 3-4 unit construction. It also requests the Administration pursue procedural changes to make the permitting process faster and easier to navigate.

Holtan Hills Development Proposa​l

​The Holtan Hills project in Girdwood has brought the attainable housing crisis to the forefront. In simple terms, the plan brought before the Assembly proposed to sell three Heritage Land Bank Parcels to CY Investments, LLC in order to develop a new housing subdivision. On February 7, 2023, the Assembly voted to postpone AO 2022-103(S-1) indefinitely, effectively stopping the plan as proposed.

At the December 19 Regular Assembly Meeting, Assembly Member Meg Zaletel introduced a new version of the Holtan Hills proposal, AO 2023-137. The ordinance proposes that the sale of HLB land to CY Investments for a multi-use residential development is contingent upon the designation of a multifamily unit to a future Girdwood housing trust or non-profit entity and the engagement of the Girdwood Board of Supervisors throughout the project. The Assembly approved the agreement on January 23, 2024. 

​The approved agreement sets out a partnership with the Municipality, who is providing the land, CY Investments will develop on-site infrastructure including: roads, water, sewer, gas, electric, and trails. Proceeds from the lot sales will be split 50/50 by HLB and the developer. With multiple provisions to the effect, the Municipality’s intent for this development in all phases is to provide community housing opportunities attainable for year-round residents of Girdwood and to ensure diversified housing types, sizes, ownership models, and price points consistent with the Assembly’s approved Housing Action Plan. Learn more about the agreement. 

Get the ​Fac​ts: Holtan Hills

2023 Investments

​​​At the April 25 Regular Assembly Meeting, the Anchorage Assembly approved legislative items to finalize the 2023 General Government Operating Budget in the first quarter. Amendments emphasized the Assembly’s top priority of 2023: Housing Action.

1st Quarter General Government Budget Amendments toward Housing Action
  • Fund the 2023 Assembly Housing Summit to set a long-term, community-driven vision and action plan for housing development across the Municipality
  • Fund a municipal-wide housing study of short term rentals (STR)
  • Fund a feasibility study for developing manufactured housing communities
  • Fund a real estate consultant to protect Heritage Land Bank’s public interest in the potential Holtan Hills land development
  • Fund the revival of the municipal Graffiti Busters Program
  • Leverage private, federal and state grant funding to restore some public transit services to South Anchorage, Eagle River and Chugiak, increase evening, weekend and holiday service and accommodation services
  • Fund a direct grant to the Anchorage Affordable Housing and Land Trust (AAHLT) to support tenants, enhanced staffing operations, security and training

Accessory Dwelling Units

A​ccessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) a​​re housing units built on private property in addition to existing housing structures. Often smaller than most single-family homes, ADUs are an important component of the Anchorage 2040 ​Land Use Plan, which sets a target of 1,000 new ADUs in the Anchorage Bowl by 2040. 

On January 10, 2023, the Assembly passed AO 2022-107, As Amended, an ordinance amending Title 21 to make building ADUs and increasing this type of housing more efficient, affordable and desirable to property owners. Changes include: ​​

  • Removing the owner occupancy requirement 
  • Allowing ADUs to be added to a single unit or duplex
  • Specifying that ADUs can be up to 900 SF or 40% of the principal structure, whichever is larger (but smaller than the main unit)
  • Removing the vehicle storage requirement

At a worksession on December 16​, the MOA Planning Department and community stakeholders presented their proposal for the ADU Code Update Project, including the research prompting proposed changes. 

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Elimination of Parking Minimums

At the November 22 Assembly meeting, the Anchorage Assembly voted unanimously to eliminate parking minimum requirements in all areas of the municipality and add requirements for bicycle parking through the adoption of AO 2022-80(S), As Amended, sponsored by Assembly Members Daniel Volland, Kevin Cross and Forrest Dunbar.

Get the Facts: Abolishing Parking Minimums

he approved version of the ordinance makes the following changes to Title 21 in the Anchorage municipal code that addresses parking and site access: 

  • ​Eliminates parking minimum requirements citywide - as a result,Title 21 will no longer require developments in the Municipality to provide a minimum number of off-street parking spaces and developers will decide how many parking spaces to include on each site.​ 
  • Increases accessible spaces (ADA parking) ratios when parking is provided. 
  • Creates requirements for bicycle parking. 
  • Establishes a menu of alternative transportation amenities that developers can choose from for larger developments.

When crafting the ordinance, the sponsors set the following goals:  

  • Make it more affordable to build housing and commercial development in Anchorage 
  • Give designers and developers increased flexibility 
  • Simplify proposed changes to Title 21 
  • Encourage adaptive re-use of vacant properties 
  • Prioritize the creation of connected public spaces over empty swaths of pavement 
  • Help accommodate non-motorized, multimodal travel

​Committee on Housing & Homelessness

​Guide to Testimony

Assembly Focus on Homelessness



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