Core Area Comprehensive Plan & Build-Out Analysis

Matanuska-Susitna, AK

Applied Expertise

  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Design Standards
  • Economic Development
  • Policy Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Urban Design
  • Zoning


peter j. smith & company, inc. completed a Comprehensive Plan for the Core Area of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska. The Mat-Su Borough is one of the largest boroughs in the state, with much of the development occurring between the cities of Palmer and Wasilla. As such, the borough developed a Comprehensive Plan that addressed the issues identified by the public: increasing traffic, land use controls and a change in community character. The Plan seeks to balance the individual property owner’s concerns with the overall betterment of the core area. Population, housing, transportation, infrastructure, land use and the economy were all evaluated to determine the potential actions to be taken in the future by residents, the borough and other involved parties.