Making a Difference—Why Community Councils?

Anchorage residents, like those of any large city, frequently feel distanced from those they elect to office and disenfranchised by a government too large for town meetings. During discussions in 1973 to develop the Anchorage Comprehensive Plan, citizens voiced their desire for "more citizen input in government" and Community Councils were born.

Community Councils were authorized in both the former city and borough governments which governed Anchorage until 1975. Architects of the unified Municipality of Anchorage included a Bill of Rights that gave citizens "the right to establish local Community Councils to assure maximum community self-determination, exercised in conjunction with others and without infringement upon the rights of other persons."

A Community Council is a nonprofit, voluntary, and self-governing neighborhood group that officially represents public opinion in that particular area. Members include individuals, property owners, nonprofit organizations, and business representatives who live and/or work within the boundaries of a geographic area that they believe gives them enough common interests as a Community Council.

Scenic Foothills Community neighbors, working together, have made many positive changes and have forged win-win solutions or negotiated beneficial compromises to reduce negative impacts of projects in our neighborhoods.

Mission accomplished (a few examples):
  • Pioneer Drive/Chugach Foothills Park street and parking upgrades.
  • 32nd Avenue and Cherry Street drainage and street upgrades.
  • Anchorage Parks upgrades: Baxter Bog Park, Chugach Foothills Park, Little Dipper Park, Scenic Park.
  • Tudor Road Sound Barrier Wall at James Street.
  • Fort Richardson Fence Resolution.

Works in Progress (a few examples):
  • Chugach Foothills flooding along the military boundary.
  • Right turn lane southbound on Muldoon Road at 36th Avenue.
  • Scenic View Subdivision drainage and accountability issues.