Comprehensive Plan Update

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In summer 2021, the City of Lenexa selected Houseal-Lavigne to lead an update to our Comprehensive Plan. A Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the future that directs growth and development for the next 25 years. The creation of a Comprehensive Plan can lead to potential strategies that will help effectively guide City leaders as they make substantive and thoughtful decisions for the community.

A comprehensive plan is both aspirational, reflecting the vision of the community, and technical in nature, laying out the framework for how development will occur.

Lenexa’s Comprehensive Plan will address:

  • Community Vision, Goals and Objectives
  • Land Use & Development
  • Housing & Neighborhoods
  • Economic Development
  • Transportation & Mobility
  • Community Facilities & Infrastructure
  • Natural Areas, Parks & Open Space
  • Implementation Strategies

Vision Statement

The year is 2040. Lenexa is a vibrant, growing community that is welcoming to all. People are engaged with their City and each other. The City’s history, natural beauty, and unique places, such as Old Town, Black Hoof Park, and Lenexa City Center bring people together in exciting ways! A variety of attainable housing choices are available to residents of all backgrounds, no matter their stage of life, socioeconomic status, or physical ability. Amenity-rich neighborhoods provide high quality of life, with convenient access to goods and services, parks and trails, multi-modal transportation options, and exceptional schools.

Lenexa’s expanded network of innovative Complete Streets prioritize safe, active, and sustainable connections to improve the livability of current and future residents, workers, and visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Trails, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities connect neighborhoods to each other and to employment centers and commercial services.

A robust variety of employment opportunities and businesses fuel Lenexa’s local economy, supporting a diverse workforce and innovative energy conservation and sustainable development practices. The City thrives by serving neighborhoods and the business community with excellent transportation, infrastructure, and community facilities and programs.

The community celebrates and strengthens its local identity through delivering exceptional city services, programming a range of community events and activities, and providing attractive public spaces for socializing and enjoying the outdoors.

Lake Lenexa: A testament to how comprehensive planning benefits our community.

Now an iconic local destination, the beautiful spillway and natural woodland at Lake Lenexa and Black Hoof Park are so much more than an idyllic spot to escape into nature. 

Lenexa leaders knew decades ago how the land around what's now Lake Lenexa was likely going to be used. In addition to needing new roads, trails, utilities and natural spaces, they knew the rainwater running off hundreds of new rooftops, driveways and parking lots would need somewhere to go. 

Fifteen years after Lake Lenexa was dedicated, it's capturing runoff and pollution from 600 acres of new development being built above the lake. Trails are in place to connect to existing and future paths. Streets, stormwater, parks, trails and streetlight networks are already in place to accommodate new neighborhoods.

The City's Comprehensive Plan guides these decisions, and Lenexa is working on a new version of this important document today.

Project timeline

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Project timeline

What's next?

We're taking a close look at how Lenexa could develop and how different mixes of land uses could affect revenue and the cost of providing services and infrastructure across the city. The consultant team is creating three different land use scenarios, each of which will be evaluated by the steering committee and tested through a fiscal impact analysis.

Watch for an opportunity to weigh in on these land use scenarios this fall. This process will help the team decide the right blend of future land uses for Lenexa —a pivotal element of the new Comprehensive Plan.