Urban Planning & Land Use

Location: Director: Hours: Contact:
City Hall
701 N 7th St, Suite 423
Kansas City, KS
Rob Richardson Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM
P: (913) 573-5750 F: (913) 573-5796 E: Email
Agendas & Minutes/Meeting Schedules/Deadlines

Board of Zoning Appeals: 

A (6) member, non partisan, volunteer body, established by Sec. 27-46 of the Code of Ordinances. This Board hears and reviews requests for variances, appeals, and exceptions from the city zoning ordinances:
  • Variance: Request to make some type of change to the property that deviates from the normal requirements of the city’s zoning regulations such as side yard setback, building height, number of parking spaces, etc.
  • Appeal: Request to have the Board modify an interpretation of zoning requirements made by the Director of Planning.
Zoning is the basic means of land use control utilized by local governments in the United States. It divides the community into districts or zones and establishes different regulations governing the use, placement, spacing, and size of land and building. The powers and duties are derived largely from the State of Kansas, K.S.A. 12-759-12-760.

Jeff Carson: Chairman
Dr. Daniel Serda: Vice Chairman
Cherish Cho
James Connelly
Jim Ernst
Joanne Huey
Karen Jones
Jake Miller
Dr. Rev. Steve Neal
Susannah Pauley
Nathan Reasons


City Planning Commission: 

This role is different from the planning department, for it oversees and reviews the planning process.

It is made up of professionally trained staff dealing with technical and administrative aspects, and represents the public's viewpoint on planning proposals and provides guidance for the future development of the UG.  The Commission is established by Sec.27-26 of the Code of Ordinances.

It consists of (11) members (same as above) who are residents of Wyandotte County that are appointed by the UG Board of Commissioners. The Board’s responsibilities are to:
  • Administer the zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations including recommending changes to the ordinances and the zoning district boundaries.
  • Develop and approve the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Review the Capital Improvements Program
When the Board of Commissioners reviews an application previously approved by the Planning Commission, it may approve, disapprove, or modify an approval by the Planning Commission. The provisions of any modification by the Board of Commissioners are set forth in the Unified Government’s own Resolution.

The powers and duties are largely derived from the State of Kansas K.S.A.12-744 through 12-757. This Commission shall meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:30PM in the Commission Chambers located in City Hall.

Jeff Carson: Chairman
Karen Jones: Vice Chairman
Cherish Cho
James Connelly
Jim Ernst
Joanne Huey
Jake Miller
Dr. Rev. Steve Neal
Susannah Pauley
Nathan Reasons
Dr. Daniel Serda


Landmarks Commission: 

Responsible for overseeing the preservation of the city’s heritage by recommending the designation of historic sites and districts.

Established by Sec. 27-100 et.seq and consists of (11) members, which are appointed by the UG Board of Commission. The members of the Commission shall be residents of Wyandotte County and shall be persons who have demonstrated special interest, knowledge, or experience in fields related to Historic Preservation.

  • Survey and inventory historic landmarks and historic districts.
  • Recommend the official designation of historic landmarks and historic districts.
  • Review and approve all requests for building and zoning permits affecting the exterior of a designated landmark.
  • Encourage historic preservation in Kansas City, KS generally.
David Meditz:  Chairman
Karen French: Vice Chairman
John Altevogt
Murrel Bland
Hank Chamberlain
Stephen Craddock
Jim Schraeder
Loren L  Taylor (Col.)
Charles Van Middlesworth

Historic Preservation:
Construction within Historic District or Historic Landmark:

Any new construction or exterior renovations to properties within a Historic District or Historic Landmark is required to obtain approval from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) prior to the issuance of any residential or commercial building permits. Planning staff will make a review submittal to SHPO on behalf of the building permit applicant. There is a review time of up to (30) business days with SHPO in addition to the technical review time of construction drawings with the UG.

Sign permit applications within a Historic District of Historic Landmark requires approval with staff prior to the issuance of a sign permit. Allow (5)-(7) business days for Planning staff review time.
Landmarks Commission Application
Agendas & Minutes
Historic Districts
Historic Landmarks
Landmark Designations
Landmarks and Historic Districts Ordinance
State Historic Preservation Statue
State Historic Preservation Statute Regulations
Standards for Evaluating the Effects of Projects on Environs
Wyandotte County Historical Museum
2012 Strawberry Hill Historic Neighborhood Study