Downtown_logo3-01.jpgOur Downtown

Our Downtown is a multi-year, multi-step project to update and implement the Anchorage Downtown Comprehensive Plan, including amending its zoning regulations, in order to meet Downtown's contemporary needs for growth and revitalization.

Public Input Plan

Project Steps

Project Flyer

Downtown Zoning Map ​​

Current News (October 18, 2021)

Our Downtown, Step 2

The Planning Department is seeking comments on the Anchorage Downtown District Plan​ Public Hearing Draft (Planning and Zoning Commission Case No. 2021-0119).  This plan is a “targeted" review and update of the 2007 Anchorage Downtown Comprehensive Plan.  The plan helps carry out implementation Action 3.9, Step 2, of the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan

The intent of Step 2 was to review what has been accomplished in Downtown Anchorage since the 2007 Plan was adopted; assess present day conditions by reviewing the most recent economic, housing, and demographic data and public feedback; and determine how to incorporate recent changes to municipal code, land use decisions, and reports to create future​ objectives for the revitalization and development of Downtown Anchorage.

The update makes recommendations on projects and actions that should be prioritized for funding and immediate community action. These recommendations and actions support fixes to the downtown code, foster public/private partnerships, identify processes to expedite project development, support existing public and private agency programming, and ultimately support the synergy needed to make Downtown welcoming, vital, and safe for all residents and visitors.

For more ​information on the plan's development and public process throughout 2021, visit the Our Downtown website.

The Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 6, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers of the Z.J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage.  Recommendations and findings from the Planning and Zoning Commission process will be forwarded to the Assembly, which will also hold a public hearing before taking final action.​

Below are​ the cover memo and document.

Our Downtown Cover Memo for Public Hearing Draft

Our Downtown - Anchorage Downtown District Plan

May 22, 2020  ​​​

​Our Downtown, Step 1

On April 28, 2020, the Anchorag​e Assembly unanimously approved the reformat of the B-2A, B-2B, and B-2C Downtown Zoning Districts.  The reformatted Downtown zoning regulations (in AO No. 2020-38 as amended below) will go into effect on Thursday, May 28. 


Public Announcement re: the Approved Downtown Code Reformat and its Effective Date


Assembly Public Hearing Draft AO No.​ 2020-38 (approved by Assembly as amended by Floor Amendments 1-6 below)
(Note:  Official adopted version of AO No. 2020-38 incorporating the six floor amendments into its text is forthcoming.)


Floor Amendments 1-3 (to ensure that art studios, art galleries, and commercial laundries will continue to be allowed)

Floor Amendment 4 (to allow residential unit lot subdivisions in the B-2C district)

Floor Amendment 5 (to clarify the language in a provision for design amenity height bonuses)

Floor Amendment 6 (to make a grammatical correction to a seating design amenity standards)


Assembly Public Hearing Draft Packet - Supporting Documents


Past Event:


"Lunch & Learn" session about the reformatted Downtown zoning regulations for developers and design professionals, conducted on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

​Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) Public Hearing Draft Materials:


Exhibit A: Staff Report

  • Appendix A-1, Old Title 21 Code excerpts, 1983 CBD Plan, 1990 Urban Design Amenities
  • Appendix A-2, Structure of Downtown Chapter, Translation of Allowed Uses, and Reformat of Bonus Amenities
  • Appendix A-3, Guide to Significant Development & Design Standard Exemptions and Adjustments
  • Appendix A-4, Site Testing of Draft Code Amendment

Draft Ordinance (See final Assembly ordinance, AO No. 2020-38 above)


Exhibit B: Annotated Zoning Code Amendments (See Assembly update above, Attachment 2)


Exhibit C: Planning and Zoning Commission Draft Resolution (See adopted resolution above, Attachment 1)


Exhibit D: Policy Guidance from Comprehensive Plan


Exhibit E: Public Comments Received 


Title 21 Zoning Ordinance Links

Past Events and What You Said:
Return to the main Anchorage 2040 Implementation page.