Meet Anchorage’s New Building Official

March 18, 2019

The Anchorage Home Builders Association is pleased that Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
appointed a building official for the municipality. We have been advocating to have
this vacant position filled for a long time because we believe it will reduce
inefficiencies in the municipality’s building process.

 
Bob Doehl is the new director of the development services department and building official. Previously, he was the deputy commissioner for the State of Alaska
Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. He also served 32 years in the Army
National Guard, Army, Army Reserve and the Alaska Air National Guard.


Anchorage’s building official is responsible for overseeing divisions that handle
permitting, construction inspections and municipal enforcement of land use, right of way and building codes. “My background is in making organizations more efficient and effective,” said Doehl. “When a developer or homeowner comes in, I want to make sure it isn’t a confusing maze of different places to go, but rather a well-defined and straight-forward process to get approval.”


Doehl plans to look at the processes and target areas for improvements. He says
redundancies can prolong wait times. “We need to shape the process to better
deliver what our customers, builders and developers, need for quality projects in
Anchorage,” said Doehl. He also hopes to address conflicting codes and
requirements. “If you just accept conflict in the code and don’t deal with it you just
have vacant land, so you have to find a way forward toward development,” Doehl
said. “I remain very flexible in terms of figuring out what I can do to resolve
inconsistent provisions and comply with the code.”


Doehl is excited to make an impact and encourages AHBA’s members to approach
him with concerns. “The department exists to enable great development to make
Anchorage a great place to live and work. Please stop by if you want to discuss your
ideas.”

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