Vision: Guiding Girdwood Land Use: Creating a framework for the future of Girdwood

The mission of Imagine! Girdwood is to fund and complete a transparent, inclusive rewrite of the Girdwood Comprehensive Plan to guide Girdwood land use in an orderly and understandable process that is respectful of all views

Regular public meetings are held 4th Wednesday of each month - more details

Latest News

7/10/2024 Planning Dept recommends several changes to Girdwood Comprehensive Plan

The Planning Department published their staff report earlier this week and recommended 11 changes to the Girdwood Comprehensive Plan. Some of these changes are minor, but several are very significant changes that were opposed by a substantial amount of public comment during the Girdwood community review process.

You can read the Planning staff report and comments from other Municipal Departments and Agencies below.

The Planning and Zoning Commissioner are holding a Public Hearing on Monday July 15th to consider the application and the Planning Department recommendations. The Commission can accept some or all of the Planning recommendations and/or substitute their own. The PZC recommendation goes to the full Assembly who can also make changes and will make the final adoption decision. 

Written public comments can still be submitted via the case page, and testimony can be presented in-person or by phone during Monday's public hearing.

Planning Staff Report and Recommendations


Department and Agency Comments


6/25/2024 An update and next steps

At the April 29th special joint meeting, both GBOS and LUC voted in favor of submitting the revised plan. After some technical edits and adding community photos, the Girdwood Comprehensive Plan was formally submitted to the Municipality on May 6th. The planning case can be found at

A huge thank you to the 21 community members who submitted a total of 67 photos. Many of them are included in the final version.

Currently the Planning Dept is collecting comments on the plan from Municipal and State departments and agencies. We expect to see a staff report from the Planning Dept early next month.

In June LUC and GBOS both voted unanimously to support the new plan with no additional comments.

Next steps

There will be a public hearing at the July 15th Planning and Zoning Commission starting at 6:30pm. Written public comments can be submitted now via the case page.

After the Planning and Zoning Commission have made a recommendation, it will then be scheduled for introduction and public hearing at the Anchorage Assembly who will vote on adoption. We anticipate the Assembly public hearing to be in September or early October.

4/28/2024 Revised Draft and GBOS/LUC meeting

The Revised Draft was released last Wednesday. Check out the document here: Revised Draft

A reminder that we're seeking photos or other images to illustrate the plan and grace the cover page: more details here 

And finally, there is a special joint GBOS / LUC meeting on Monday April 29th at 7pm to discuss the plan and ask questions to the project team.

Meeting details on the GBOS page: and below

Joint GBOS/LUC meeting on the draft Girdwood Comprehensive Plan

Date:   MON April 29, 2024
​Time:   7PM
Location: Hybrid meeting via Teams with in-person attendance at the Girdwood Community Room, 250 Egloff Rd.

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device
Click here to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 231 852 908 789 Passcode: nw9icP
Or call in (audio only) +1 907-519-0237,,756624026# 
Phone Conference ID: 756 624 026#
​​GBOS LUC Joint Special Meeting April 29 agenda draft
GBOS LUC Joint meeting 4.29.24 meeting packet

4/1/2024 Cover image and plan illustrations

The Girdwood Comprehensive Plan is a reflection of how Girdwoodians see their community and environment.

Help us make this literally true by contributing photos or artwork that reflect how you see Girdwood - it's physical environment, connections, culture, people, or vibe - by contributing images that will be used to illustrate the plan.

One image will be selected for pride-of-place on cover and several for each section title page, and others throughout the text.

More information and image upload form here

3/31/2024 Public Comments Closing at Midnight Tonight

Don't forget to make your Public Comments before the end of the day.

Check the Public Review Draft page for the plan and comment form.

3/27/2024 Four days left to send your Public Comments on the Draft Plan

The Public Comment period closes at midnight Alaska time on Sunday March 31st. The draft plan and Public Comment form are on the Public Review Draft tab, and hard copies of the draft plan are available at Girdwood Library.

Here's a 2 minute video on how to use the Public Comment form.

2/28/2024 The Public Review Draft of the Girdwood Comprehensive Plan was released at this evening's meeting. Public Comments are open through March 31st.

The draft plan and comment link is available at the Public Review Draft tab at the top of the page.

* Printed copies now available for review at Girdwood Library *

2/20/2024 Project Schedule Update

With the publication of the community review draft next week, this project is firmly into its final phase. There are two stages left:

The schedule is shown below with expected dates, where available.

12/17/2023 Pre-Draft Land Use Maps - Response to Public Comments

The document below includes responses to distilled Public Comments on the pre-draft Land Use maps presented in October. This will be a discussion topic at the Dec-20 regular meeting.

Note this is a draft document, subject to revision.

Distilled Comments Table Responses - 12.13.2023.pdf

Meeting Materials from October 11, 2023 Community Open House 

** The comment period on the Land Use Plan Maps closed on Sunday November 5, 2023 **

** FIND THE NEW DRAFT LAND USE MAP HERE: Public Review Draft  **


Presentation slides

Presentation video (re-recorded at Oct-25 regular meeting)

Scenario A.pdf
Scenario B.pdf

Current Land Use Map from the 1995 plan


Final Public Comment Packet

05/16/2023 The 2005 Girdwood Airport Master Plan and Environmental Assessment

Since there is much interest in potential development at Girdwood Airport, we have a posted a copy of the 2005 Girdwood Airport Master Plan and the related Girdwood Airport Environmental Assessment.

5/10/2023 In-Person Land Use Map Exercise 

6-8p Girdwood Community Center
Led by Holly Spoth-Torres, Huddle AK

HOMEWORK: Become familiar with the following tools to make for better participation in Wednesday's meeting

1) Land Use Category Definitions from the 1995 Girdwood Area Plan Here

2) The 1995 Land Use Plan Map in an online format:

The example Land Use Map that was used during the workshop to spark discussions:

11/10/2022 Girdwood Inc. and Imagine! Girdwood awarded ARPA funding

At their November 9th meeting, the Anchorage Assembly granted $140,000 to  Girdwood Inc. & Imagine! Girdwood to complete a full update of the 1995 Girdwood Area Plan. The update project started in 2018 and was split into 5 phases, the first 3 of which have been completed.

5/1/2022 Existing Conditions Report *UPDATED 12.12.22*

Existing Conditions, Land Suitability and Housing Forecast - Updated

11/10/2020 Imagine! Girdwood Virtual Town Hall

The virtual public meeting was held on November 10th 2020. 

1. Watch a recording of the November 10, 2020, public meeting below or at this link.