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Community Development

The Office of Economic & Community Development (OECD) is responsible for the coordination and management of municipal departments and divisions working to improve the community’s economic vitality; facilitate commercial and residential property development; enforce building and land use codes; and manage regional planning projects. Additionally, the Director oversees community programs and assets that contribute to the quality of life for those who live, work, and play in Anchorage.

OECD works to facilitate development and a multi-modal transportation system in accordance with municipal codes, protecting safety, public health and environmental resources, while also working to promote a healthy economy, strong businesses and neighborhoods, and recreational opportunities. We respond to our customers seeking code enforcement information, zoning or platting applications, building permits or inspections with open, friendly, cost-efficient and effective service.

To see what we've been up to, visit our News page here, or view upcoming events here.

    • Community Development
    • Director: Christopher Schutte
    • 632 W. 6th Avenue
    • 907-343-6180

 Current Projects


Christopher M. Schutte, Director

Katie Dougherty, Executive Assistant

Erika McConnell, Land Use and Development

Debbie Fitzgerald, Grants & Contract Management