Planning and Community Development Department


Per the Municipal Administrator's emergency declaration, the Planning Department will be closed to the public until further notice. However, we are telecommuting and working to maintain as much continuity as possible.


Please contact us with any questions you may have. You can email us at, or call 907-747-1815. Thank you for your patience and helping us fulfill our commitment to community health.



The regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting for April 1, 2020 has been cancelled. Items C - H will be rescheduled to the April 15, 2020 meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience.



There will be a Special Meeting of the Planning Commission on Thursday, April 2, 2020 to provide the Planning Commission the Annual Short-term Rental Report and provide an update on the No Name Mountain/Granite Creek Master Plan Project.


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                        Instructions to Join the Virtual Meeting

                                          Special Meeting Agenda




There will be a reguarly scheduled Historic Preservation Commission meeting on Wednesday, April 8th at 6:00 PM held via teleconference. Here are the instructions to partipate:

                                         Instructions to Join Teleconference Meeting




No Name Mountain/Granite Creek Master Plan

Please visit our new project page to learn more about the Master Plan and the process.


Click here to provide your input on your ideas for best uses of this land for Sitka's future!


Comprehensive Plan


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
  • 907-747-1815

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