Planning and Zoning
The Planning and Zoning Division provides support for both current and long-range planning activities within the City of Lenexa. Current planning consists of development proposals that are being considered, such as requests for rezoning, special use permits, site plan or subdivision plat approval. Long-range activities include leading updates to the city's Comprehensive Plan and initiating amendments to the Unified Development Code, just to name a few.
Staff in the Planning and Zoning Division may be reached at 913-477-7500 or by visiting Lenexa City Hall at 12350 W 87th Street Parkway.
As part of the development review process, there are several planning-related resources that should be consulted. This is not intended to be a complete list of all regulations or guidelines that will be applied to a development project, these resources serve as a jumping off point. Staff encourages questions or is pleased to schedule a meeting to discuss specifics about a proposed development.
Unified Development Code
Lenexa’s Unified Development Code (UDC) contains the regulations pertaining to zoning, planning, and subdivision development. The UDC is intended to preserve and improve the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Lenexa, help the City meet its goals and to fulfill the regulatory aspects of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
The Unified Development Code is in Title 4 of the Lenexa Municipal Code.
For a searchable version of the City Code, visit here.
The Comprehensive Plan is the official guide for growth and development. It includes overall principles that reflect the city’s desired policy direction, as well as specific plans and recommendations to implement that direction.
Guidebook of Quality Community Development Strategies
This guidebook addresses the seven characteristics of a sustainable community as outlined in the Mid-America Regional Council’s Sustainable Places initiative and identifies benefits and challenges for each strategy and program. It contributes to the sustainable development and redevelopment of Lenexa and is a tool to educate citizens and developers on effective ways to implement sustainable practices. Lenexa’s planning staff was recognized by the Mid-America Regional Council for their work in creating this guidebook.
The City of Lenexa has organized a Development Guide to assist developers, landowners, and homeowners to better understand the development approval and public meeting processes. The guide outlines procedures for rezoning and special use permit applications, preliminary and final plans, and preliminary and final subdivision plats. In addition, a list of fees and permits required for the various types of development are provided within the guide. The guide also includes contact information for the staff involved in the development review process. When reviewing the guide, it is important to remember that it provides a general overview and is not intended to describe all the information that is required on plans and plats. The guide is also not a substitute for Lenexa’s Unified Development Code or applicable Kansas statutes.
The City of Lenexa has architectural design standards required to be met. The design standards for single-family and duplex residences are minimal, but address permanent foundations, roof design, and the provision for a garage or carport. The architectural design standards for multi-family residential, commercial, office, and industrial structures are broader in scope. The specific regulations can be found in Section 4-1-C (General Development Standards) of the Unified Development Code. Information regarding other site issues such as landscaping, off-street parking, and signage are found within other sections of the Unified Development Code.
Lenexa City Center, as defined by properties zoned CC, Planned City Center, has its own set of neighborhood design standards and guidelines. The design success of new urbanism communities depends as much on how the pieces fit together as the specifics of an individual building’s architectural style and elements of the surrounding streetscape. Collectively, the standards and guidelines address elements such as the street and pedestrian system, site, building, and sign design, as well as neighborhood streetscape elements that go into making a cohesive and readily identifiable community.