Planning and Community Development Department

NOTICE: Planning Staff will be out of the office from Wednesday, 9/18 through Monday, 9/23 and will available to respond to calls, emails, and for office visits, Tuesday morning (9/24). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


The Sitka Comprehensive Plan 2030 was unanimously approved by the Assembly on May 22, 2018. A big thank you to all who participated in our process.

Hard copies are available for viewing at Sitka Public Library and the Planning office at City Hall.

Final Comprehensive Plan

Final Technical Plan


Smart Growth America conducted a free land use code audit, culminating in an Assembly presentation and a community workshop in September 2017. This audit is a natural progression of the comprehensive plan update process. SGA's recommendations are summarized in the memo found at the link below.

SGA Next Steps Memo


"Facilitating citizen directed community growth"


Welcome...The Planning and Community Development Department consists of the Planning and Community Development Director and Planner I. Together, the Planning and Community Development Department strives to create a safe, functional, and attractive city through coordinated community visioning, comprehensive planning, and development review. Providing exceptional public service is our highest priority. Our staff assists the public, Assembly, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and various other Commissions and Departments by providing information, guidance, and direction on land use issues and regulations. Among other services, the Planning and Community Development Department:

  • Collaborates with property owners, lease holders, and developers on site design and opportunities
  • Reviews applications for Variances, Conditional Use Permits, Zoning Text and Map Amendments, and Subdivisions
  • Provides staff support to the Planning Commission by providing development review and professional recommendations
  • Initiates and directs studies and reports pertaining to long and short-term planning needs for community growth
  • Produces and updates mapping products including Tax Maps, Address Maps, Zoning Maps and GIS site
  • Processes lease agreements for municipally owned tidelands
  • Processes lease and land sale applications of municipally owned land
  • Assigns street addresses


Plans in Progress:

  • Sitka Local Hazard Mitigation Plan


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Contact Us:

  • Available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • First Floor of the Municipal Building at 100 Lincoln Street
  • Appointments encouraged
  • 907-747-1814

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