Planning and Community Development Department


The Planning Department is open to the public, and is now located on the second floor of City Hall. Please contact us by calling 907-747-1814 or email us at; many inquiries can be handled by these means. Thank you for your patience and helping us fulfill our commitment to community health.


We are keeping teleconference options open for participation in Planning Commission meetings as well as Historic Preservation Commission meetings. Please contact us for details on how to virtually attend commission meetings.





Tourism Planning

The Planning Commission has initiated work to create a plan for cruise passenger dispersion, transportation, and traffic for the 2022 cruise season and beyond. The work plan and schedule can be viewed here. If you would like to receive updates on the plan and your opportunities to get involved, please email to join our email list!


Upcoming meetings:



No Name Mountain/Granite Creek Master Plan

See the report here: No Name Mountain/Granite Creek Master Plan

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



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, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Second Floor of the Municipal Building at 100 Lincoln Street
  • Appointments encouraged
  • 907-747-1814

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