Downtown_logo3-01.jpgOur Downtown

Vision: Downtown is the heart of Anchorage--it serves our entire community and all of Alaska, and provides a unique and welcoming urban environment.  It is a diverse crossroads of people, activities, and uses creating a center of growth and promise for Anchorage today and for generations to come.

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 (New 10/1/2020)

Project Steps

Project Flier

Downtown Zoning Map

Current News (May 22, 2020): 

Our Downtown – Step 1 approved by Anchorage Assembly

On April 28, the Anchorage 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


Recent Events:


"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:
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