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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Recent Actions​​​

As the legislative branch of the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Assembly acts through legislation to make progress on goals and priorities toward a stronger, brighter​​, more resilient Anchorage.



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​​​In Case You Missed It​

Here are some actions you may have missed at recent Assembly Meetings: 

January 24 Regular Assembly Meeting:

  • Entered executive session to review the internal municipal audit on the hiring process of former health director Mr. Joe Gerace, who fabricated his credentials and lied about his qualifications for the role. 

  • Approved AR 2023-26 to extend the expanded capacity of Sullivan Arena until March 31, 2023. Requested by the Department of Health, the extension preserves a higher sheltering capacity of 360 clients, a condition set by AR 2022-411, As Amended, which was set to expire January 27, 2023.

  • Approved ballot measures and bond propositions to appear on the April 4, 2023 Regular Municipal Election ballot. 

  • In a continued effort to enhance public safety staff, approved AR 2023-27 to endorse Alaska House Bill 22, which would create a new defined benefit option for state and municipal peace officers, including officers in the Anchorage Police Department and firefighters in the Anchorage Fire Department.

January 10 Regular Assembly Meeting:

  • Approved AR 2023-7 to fund a Public Information Officer in the Anchorage Fire Department who would coordinate communications and public responses to emergencies.

  • Approved the use of Supplemental Emergency Medical Transport revenues to purchase a rescue boat based in Girdwood, make improvements to the Anchorage Areawide Radio Network (AWARN) system, and replace roofs on several municipal facilities. An item to purchase the Police Headquarters Building at 716 W 4th was postponed indefinitely with the expectation that a new resolution with updated information will be introduced at the January 24 meeting for public hearing at the February 7 meeting.

  • Overrode a mayoral veto of AO 2022-105 creating a requirement for Assembly approval of payments for legal settlement for services and supplies not performed in accordance with the municipal code pertaining to Assembly Approval of Contracts.

  • Reviewed a memo from municipal internal audit concerning an initial review of Joe Gerace's spending as Director of the Anchorage Health Department. The Administration has conducted an investigation as well and the Assembly asked for an Executive Session to review the redacted portions of that investigation.

  • Voted to approve AO 2022-107 with amendments to update Title 21 of Anchorage code to expand use of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The most significant change to code is the allowance of ADUs in all residential and commercial zones. Other changes increased the height allowed to 30' if built above a garage, removed requirements that the ADU be the smaller of the structures on a property as long as they follow other size guidelines, and removed the requirement that the owner of the property live in one of the units. These changes demonstrate the Assembly's commitment to removing barriers to increasing the supply of housing throughout Anchorage - making sure that if there is a property owner willing to provide additional housing, the opportunity is open to them.​


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For items that had action taken at an Assembly Meeting, finalized documents incorporating Assembly amendments are posted online about 2-3 weeks after passage.​​​


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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 list of 72 projects th​at ​​​focused on e​conomic resilience, increasing our competitiveness as a destination city and making all parts of our city vibrant and welcoming.​

 ​​​Learn More about Anchorage Recovery: Federal Reli​ef Funding​​

Reapportionment
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

​​​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.​​


Resilient Anchorage

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 Anch​orage is the place to be!​​​






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