Comprehensive Plan

Our Comprehensive Plan is the official policy guide for future growth and development in the city. It includes overall principles and values for development, taking into account the many pieces of our built environment, streets, sidewalks, parks, trails, streams, watersheds, land use, development patterns, economic and demographic trends.

It provides policy direction related to land use changes, planning for capital improvements and directing our future growth. It is designed to preserve and enhance public health, safety and welfare through managing growth, providing adequate public services and protecting natural resources.

The City is working on a new Comprehensive Plan. Future land uses and polices reflected in the current plan may change upon completing the major update, which is expected to wrap up in late 2022. Learn more

Comprehensive Plan (PDF)


Community Profile

Market Profile

Business Summary

  • We are a steadily growing, business-rich city.

  • Our residents are nearing middle age and have higher-than-average incomes.

  • Our location at the intersection of four major roadways allows us to benefit from high traffic and commerce as a result of our daytime population.

Future Land Use

  • Zoning & Future Land Use Interactive Map: This map should give you a general understanding of the current zoning and planned future land uses for different areas in Lenexa. Land use and zoning, though related, are not the same. Future land use is how the land is envisioned to be used, developed or redeveloped. Zoning regulates how the property can be used and how it can be developed.

Below are brief descriptions of the future land use designations found on the Future Land Use Map.

Residential future land use designations

  • Low density residential: Low-density, detached, single-family housing not exceeding a gross density of one dwelling unit per acre.

  • Suburban density residential: Low-density, detached, single-family housing not exceeding a gross density of 3.5 dwelling units per acre.

  • Medium density residential: Moderate-density dwellings, including attached dwellings, not exceeding a gross density of 8 dwelling units per acre.

  • High density residential: High-density, attached dwellings not exceeding a gross density of 16 dwelling units per acre.

  • Urban residential: High-density, attached dwellings with a minimum gross density of 16 dwelling units per acre.

Commercial future land use designations

  • Convenience commercial center: Anchorless centers of less than 30,000 square feet.

  • Neighborhood commercial center: Commercial uses with 30,000 to 125,000 square feet of leasable area.

  • Community commercial center: Two+ anchor tenants with 125,000 to 400,000 square feet of leasable space.

  • Regional commercial center: More than 400,000 square feet of space with major tenants. Located along major roads and highways.

Office and business park future land use designations

  • Office/employment center: Building used for business with little-to-no product sales, manufacturing or warehousing.

  • Office, research & development: Combines office with research and related manufacturing or assembly.

  • Business park: Space that includes light assembly and manufacturing or warehousing and distribution.

Mixed-use future land use designations

  • City Center: A unique mixed-use development in the geographic center of Lenexa tailored to an urban environment.

  • Mixed use: Allows incorporation of a variety of uses within close proximity often including at least medium density residential land uses.

Public and open space future land use designations

  • Public and open space: City, county or state-owned properties consisting of public buildings or open space.

Transportation Plan

Future Transportation Street Plan: Shows the location of current and future highways, arterial roads, collector roads and interchanges.

Below are brief descriptions of the road classifications found on the Transportation Plan.

Detailed road classifications

  • Freeways/expressways: Roads that serve mainly through-traffic, connect the city with surrounding areas and have very high travel speeds and high volumes of traffic. These highways are under the jurisdiction of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

  • Major arterials: These roads serve as primary streets in the city and connect to freeways/expressways. Their primary function is to move traffic.

  • Minor arterials: Roads that connect activity centers and have moderate speeds and traffic volumes.

  • Collectors: Roads that connect local streets with the arterial street system and have direct access to commercial facilities.

  • Local collectors: Streets that accommodate short trips and provide access to the arterial streets.

  • Local streets: Streets whose primary function is to provide direct access to residential properties.