Parking Minimums Eliminated Citywide
In November, 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.
The 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
Emergency Shelter Plan and Housing & Homelessness
The Assembly continues to work on elements of the Homeless to Stably Housed Plan, the municipality's current contribution to the community-developed Anchored Home Plan. Visit our Housing and Homelessness focus page to see a timeline of municipal action on homelessness and get the latest updates:
Get the Facts on Budget and Taxes
Each year, the Municipality of Anchorage collects property taxes from homeowners and commercial entities, and in return, those taxes fund local services like fire and police, schools, parks, libraries, roads, and health services through the municipal budget. Visit the Budget and Taxes focus page to learn more:
Anchorage Recovery: Revitalizing Anchorage through Federal Relief
In August, the Assembly approved the second tranche of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, completing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to distribute $265M in federal relief to local businesses, nonprofits and individuals working to react to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
With more than 160 submissions totaling $262M in funding requests. Nearly every single project submitted was worthy of funding and very much needed for the community. Through a transparent and collaborative decision-making process spanning four months, members identified a list of 72 projects that focused on economic resilience, increasing our competitiveness as a destination city and making all parts of our city vibrant and welcoming.
Learn More about Anchorage Recovery: Federal Relief Funding
Every ten years after the U.S. Census is complete, governments across the country update their election districts to match the new population data. In Anchorage, the process is called Reapportionment and is led by a Reapportionment Committee, which is charged with reviewing the State final redistricting plan, taking public input, and developing proposed maps for the Anchorage Assembly to consider for adoption to realign the boundaries of the six Assembly Election Districts to ensure fair and equal representation. At the March 1 Assembly meeting, the Assembly voted to move forward with Map 11v2 by Weddleton/Wells (AO 2022-37(S-1). At the Special Assembly meeting on March 23, the Assembly passed AO 2022-37(S-1), As Amended. They also declared a process to fill the 12th seat, now known as Seat L and hold a special election mail-in/vote at home to fill that seat on June 21, 2022.
Welcoming Anchorage is a collaboration between the Municipality of Anchorage, local businesses, and organizations, that strives to reinforce Anchorage as a place proud of our heritage and poised to position ourselves as a globally competitive, culturally vibrant 21st century community.
A resilient city bounces back from acute shocks and tackles chronic stresses. Anchorage is becoming more resilient by building a sustainable city, mobilizing volunteers, engaging partners, and creating a vibrant workforce. Resilient Anchorage is the place to be!