Title 21 Parking and Site Access​


Parking and maneuvering requirements are typically the costliest zoning regulations for multifamily and mixed-use developments. Excessive parking can reduce the number of housing units, increase household rents on remaining units, stymie economic reinvestment, discourage transportation alternatives, increase road congestion, constrain good design, and degrade quality of life.

This project carries out Actions 4-3 and 4-6 of the Anchorage 2040 Land Use Plan to amend Title 21 to allow parking reductions by right, offer greater reductions in key development ​areas that experience less parking demand, and reform on-site driveway standards and other site access requirements.

2022 Public Hearing Draft ​Approved by Planning and Zoning Commission

On June 6, 2022, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved forwarding to the Assembly a recommendation to adopt the Public Hearing Draft Title 21 parking and site access amendment, with some edits in response to public comments. See the PZC Resolution and attachments ​containing the PZC's approved edits:

Attachments 1-4 below were released ​on February 7, 2022,​ for two months of public review and comment. The Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) public hearing was held on April 11, 2022.  Attachment 5 below contains written public comments regarding the public hearing draft code amendments that the Planning Department received by March 31.  Additional public comments received by April 11 and submitted to the PZC in a supplementary packet are also provided below.  The PZC closed the hearing and postponed its deliberations until June 6 when the Planning Department provided an issue-response memorandum to address the written comments and public testimony. 

      Attachment 3: Annotated Zoning Code Amendment Language                                                                                                   Attachment 4: Clean Version with Proposed Amendments (Non-annotated)
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2021 Community Discussion Draft ​for Public Review

The 2021 Community Discussion Draft amendment to the Title 21 Parking and Site Access was released on October 29 for a two-month review period. The Planning Department received comments/feedback to incorporate into the 2022 Public Hearing Draft.  Materials released for the 2021 Community Discussion Draft included the following:​

Other Project Documents​​​​

What We Heard from You in Pre-Consultation Phase: Winter 2020 - Summer 2021

The forthcoming Community Discussion Draft (October 2021) merges recommendations from individuals and organizations collected during the pre-consultation phase of the project. Thank you for your comments! Please review Project Documents for information on ​materials presented during this phase of the project. As we compile summaries of​ public comments and questionnaire responses from this phase we are posting them here:


Tom Davis, Senior Planner, 907-343-7916 or tom.davis@anchorageak.gov

Elizabeth Appleby, Senior Planner, 907-​343-7925 or elizabeth.appleby@anchorageak.gov

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​Assembly Public Hearing
Date To Be Determined

Expected late summer​.​

Planning and Zoning Commission Recommended Approval​
June 6, 2022

The Planning and Zoning Commission deliberated and made its recommendation of approval with suggested edits to the Anchorage Assembly regarding the Title 21 parking and site access amendments.

Public Hearing Draft - update
April 15, 2022

The Public Hearing Draft was released for two months of public review and comment and then underwent a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission on April 11.​  The Commission closed the hearing and postponed its deliberations until the Planning staff can address the public comments and questions in an issue-response memo.

Planning and Zoning Commission Work Sessions
March 14​ and April 11, 2022

The Planning and Zoning Commission held two work sessions. Each was ​held in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage.​​  See Attachment 6.1 at left for the work session presentation slides.

Public Information Sessions 
March 8, 2022 - noon & 6:30 pm

Two virtual Public Information Sessions were held. The content was the same at both, and each was approximately an hour long. Links​ to the PDF of the slide presentation and the video of the noon session are below: 



Driveways Taking Up Site Space
Driveways and parking often take up the most
land area in multi-dwelling unit development sites.