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Long-Range Planning

What We Do

The Long-Range Planning Division helps plan for community growth and development based on sound land use, urban design, economic and environmental planning principles. The division performs planning for land use, public facilities, and environmental resources; facilitates public and private development reviews; provides planning services on special projects; and offers planning assistance to the public.  The division has a central role in implementing the recommendations of the Municipality's comprehensive plan, such as new district and neighborhood plans and revised land use regulations.  

The division also prepares amendments to municipal code, drafts new policies, conducts special planning studies and areawide rezonings, provides support to the Heritage Land Bank, and administers the Municipality's coastal and wetlands management programs.  Long-Range Planning staff also support numerous municipal commissions and committees.


June 2018

Municipality of Anchorage Historic Preservation Plan Public Review Draft 

Municipal staff presented the draft Municipality of Anchorage Historic Preservation Plan (MOAHPP) on March 2, 2018, during a First Friday event at the Anchorage Museum.

The adoption of the Historic Preservation Plan will assist the Historic Preservation Commission in its mission to encourage and further the interests of historic preservation by identifying, protecting, and interpreting the Municipality’s significant historic and cultural resources for the economic and social benefit of the community.  Please click here to go to the Planning Department's project page.

Smart Growth

A Smart Growth America workshop was held in Anchorage in May  2016, resulting in several meaningful recommendations meant to kick-start new development in Downtown Anchorage.  Facilitated by Christopher Zimmerman, Smart Growth’s Vice President for Economic Development, and Alex Hutchinson, Smart Growth’s Economic Development Specialist, the primary recommendation resulted in the identification of the “A Few Good Blocks” project. 

 “A Few Good Blocks” is underway with new development in a public/private partnership between the Municipality of Anchorage and Cook Inlet Housing Authority at 7th Avenue and I Street.  Click here for three reports and the full list of Smart Growth America’s recommendations, as well as a story about the workshop in "The Western Planner."

For more information on Anchorage’s Smart Growth efforts: or (907) 343-7993.


    • Long-Range Planning
    • Division Manager: Carol Wong
    • 4700 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • 907 343-7921