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
Sitka's Short-Term Tourism Plan
The first draft of Sitka's Short-Term Tourism Plan will be reviewed by the Assembly in January of 2022. Hard copies of the draft are available for viewing at Sitka Public Library, Harrigan Centennial Hall, and City Hall.
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.