Planning & Urban Design

Improving lives through the power of design.

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VISION: A Department that advocates for the greater good with empathy, professionalism, and expertise. 

MISSION: To enhance the long-term value and livability of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas through the design of a regenerative community that is socially just, economically accessible, culturally diverse and environmentally sustainable. 

We consistently improve the built, natural, social and cultural environments through strategic planning, local development reviews, and zoning enforcement efforts. In collaboration with our many partners, we support public officials and empower citizens to realize their shared vision of the future.

Want to learn more about Planning and Urban Design? Follow the links below to see a brief overview of the work we do on your behalf.

The Blog

Our blog is where we share our latest thoughts on city planning and urban design through the unique lens of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. Check it out and join the conversation in the comments.

https://ugplanningblog.medium.com/

Upcoming Board and Commission Hearings

Attention: City Landmarks Commission Public Hearing Procedures - No Meeting on July 5, 2022(PDF, 91KB)

Attention: Board of Zoning Appeals/City Planning Commission Public Hearing Procedures for July 11, 2022(PDF, 121KB)

Note: All Board of Zoning Appeals, City Planning Commission, Landmarks Commission hearings will be heard virtually with in-person availability in the City Hall lobby (701 North 7th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101). All Board and Commission Subcommittees and other meetings with staff will continue to be virtual only.


“Back to Business” COVID-19 Emergency Resolutions and Ordinances

To help businesses stay open while allowing for social distancing, the Department of Planning and Urban Design has been working across the Unified Government to allow your business to better utilize sidewalks, setbacks and off-street surplus parking spaces for dining and retail sales. Specifically, we encourage each commercial property to repurpose one of it's on-street parking spaces, if available, to be converted into a “parklet”. Parklets transform curbside parking into vibrant community space (See COVID-19 Design Standards Guide below). Additionally, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) have expanded where farmer’s markets and mobile vendors (i.e. food trucks, push carts, and mobile markets) are allowed to operate by-right. Finally, residential streets can now register with Livable Neighborhoods to designate themselves as “Open Streets” in order to minimize through traffic and provide a safer place for outdoor recreation.

For more ideas on how to expand your business into the public realm, please see the below resources:

Below is the full text, including all of the required standards, of each COVID-19 Emergency Ordinance. Unless extended by the BOC, all of these emergency ordinances will expire at 11:59PM on June 30th, 2022. 


Complete Streets

The purpose of Unified Government’s Complete Streets Ordinance is to accommodate all road users equally by realizing a balanced road and trail network that safely moves people, not just vehicles. Furthermore, this Ordinance directs Unified Government Staff to consistently plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain streets to accommodate all road users, including, but not limited to, pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit riders, motorists, emergency responders, and freight and commercial drivers, and people of all ages and abilities, including children, families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.

With significant community input and support, the new Complete Streets Ordinance, which codifies this more inclusive understanding of all new public and private infrastructure projects within the public right of way, is a follow-up to the 2011 Complete Streets Resolution (see below). These best practices are currently and will continue to be integrated into the public realm citywide.


Ongoing Plans and Projects


Recently Adopted Plans and Projects


Airbnb and Short Term Rentals

Are you interested in hosting guests with Airbnb, VRBO, or similar service? These activities are a commercial use and require a Special Use Permit. Current hosts should apply immediately. Read more about short term rentals here.(PDF, 214KB)

If you want to set up a short-term rental either within your home or for an entire property, you must submit the below application for a Special Use Permit:

Special-Use-Permit-for-Short-Term-Rental-Application.pdf(PDF, 2MB)

Short-Term Rental Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Coming Soon


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Department Head

Director: Gunnar Hand, AICP