The Anchorage Community Land Trust in partnership with the Mountain View Community Council has begun the process of creating a 2013 Mountain View Neighborhood plan. The intent for crafting this new neighborhood plan is to have the plan officially adopted by the Anchorage Municipality. When adopted, this plan will provide direction and guidance to all developers and city officials who wish to implement projects in Mountain View. The Anchorage Community Land Trust was recognized and supported in a resolution by the Mountain View Community Council as the lead entity in crafting this neighborhood plan and getting it adopted.
As a supplement to the Neighborhood Plan an Implementation Matrix was created as an outcome of the Mountain View Community Summit. This document is a “living” document that is meant to be used by residents to carry out projects that were identified at the Summit as important improvements to the neighborhood. In the future, the Implementation Matrix will provide information about the project itself, who will lead the action, potential partners and funding sources, along with an estimated timeline. This document will be kept active by the Mountain View Community Council and it will become a standing part of the monthly meeting agenda where it will be consistently updated.
There are four public participation pieces to the plan – a focus group with Clark Middle School students, completed in May, a meeting of the Mountain View Business Roundtable, held in September, the collection of 150 resident surveys (take the survey online here), which is still in progress, and finally, the completed plan will be shared with neighborhood partners.
2012 Mountain View Community Summit
The Mountain View Community Summit took place on October 5th and 6th, 2012 at Clark Middle School. The summit brought together community members in the Mountain View neighborhood to assess the progress of revitalization efforts taking place over the last two decades. This first-ever gathering of residents led to the sharing of needs, goals and dreams for the future of the community and will built new level of participation in crafting a targeted community plan for Mountain View. The event was styled as a forum where participants crafted action steps for the future. The Summit asked residents to “Dream, Connect, and Act” to imagine the future they wanted to see, connect with others to make it happen, and then be accountable to one another for their actions.
The Mountain View Community Summit was recognized by the Municipality of Anchorage and the Long Range Planning Department as an official community engagement event that will provide grassroots information and direction for the Mountain View Neighborhood Plan.
Dream The first night of the Summit, Friday October 5th, was facilitated by Peter Kageyama, author of “For the Love of Cities” who encourages residents to actively ‘love’ their cities and transform them into the places that they want to live in. Mountain View residents were invited to share what they love about Mountain View and what their dreams were for their neighborhood.
Connect The second day of the Summit, Saturday October 6th, was a full day of community connection. Topics for discussion included youth safety, personal financing, real-estate development, business and private sector development, arts and culture, transportation, community wellness, international emergence issues and resident leadership/engagement opportunities. Participants’ responses were documented and informed the Implementation Matrix that will be the core of the Mountain View Neighborhood Plan.
Act The Implementation Matrix was the main direct outcome of the summit, and serves as a guide to community-driven action in Mountain View. It will be the responsibility of the residents in Mountain View to make sure improvement projects and community action initiatives are achieved.
Other ways to act include attending strategic planning meetings after the Summit event, commenting on the neighborhood planning process by visiting ACLT’s website and participating in the Mountain View Community Council and other community organizations.
Community planning efforts have been evolving in Mountain View for more than ten years now. These plans are summarized in the timeline. Electronic copies of selected plans are available below.
Previous Plans + Resources
- Mountain View Planning History
- 2009 Mountain View Neighborhood Plan: Springboard for Action
- 2000 Anchorage 2020 Comprehensive Plan
- 2003 Mountain View in Motion Arts & Cultural District in Mountain View: A Neighborhood Revitalization Project
- Mountain View in Motion Redevelopment Projects Map
- Revitalizing Mountain View as a Neighborhood of Choice
- Mountain View Revitalization Projects Map
- Mountain View Demographic Data
- A Neighborhood Vision for Mountain View Drive