September 16, 2020
The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) and the Municipality of Anchorage’s Planning Department initiated the public involvement process in 2016 for the Spenard Corridor Plan (SCP) – a transit-oriented development plan intended to establish a comprehensive long-term vision for the Spenard corridor from International Airport Road to Hillcrest Drive. Anchorage 2020–Anchorage Bowl Comprehensive Plan identified Spenard as one of Anchorage’s key transit-supportive development corridors. These corridors generally run between employment centers, commercial centers, and residential areas.
As an implementation step of Anchorage 2020, the SCP becomes Anchorage’s first transit-supportive development corridor planning document. This plan presents an area profile, goals, and objectives for the corridor, and it links recommendations for land use, multimodal transportation and connectivity, future road upgrades, and transit in a single document.
The Planning Department contracted with Winter & Company, whose team comprised national experts and local firms with transit corridor and redevelopment expertise. The planning process for the SCP involved public involvement efforts and community engagement in the Spenard area. The project team formed a Spenard Advisory Committee to get input on the project.
The January 2020 Public Hearing Draft of the Spenard Corridor Plan (Planning and Zoning Commission Case No. 2020-0043) was released for review and comment in February for a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission. On May 18, 2020, the Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing and approved the draft plan. The Commission's recommendation to approve was introduced before the Anchorage Assembly on July 14, and a public hearing set for August 11, 2020. The Assembly amended and approved the SCP on September 15, 2020.
Adopted Spenard Corridor Plan
Assembly Public Hearing, August 11, 2020
AO No. 2020-74, SEE, AM No. 384-2020
Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing, May 18, 2020
Planning and Zoning Commission Staff Report
Public Hearing Draft Release Memo (February 18, 2020)
Chugach Way Reconnaissance Study, May 2019
Thede Tobish, Senior Planner
Long-Range Planning Division
Joni Wilm, Senior Planner
Transportation Planning Division/AMATS
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