Developer Resources

The current planning division is responsible for managing the development proposal process from pre-application through approval by the Planning Commission and City Council.

Pre-Application Meeting

A pre-application meeting is required before submitting rezoning, special use permit, preliminary development plan or preliminary plat applications.

It is helpful to bring information about the proposed development, including a sketch plan drawn to scale. Planning staff will outline the requirements of the Unified Development Ordinance, any relevant design guidelines, and the Comprehensive Plan. Staff will also outline any special studies that may be required for topics such as traffic and stormwater management.

Applications submitted without a pre-application meeting may not be scheduled for hearing.

Planner of the Day


The following checklists, criteria, applications, and guidance may be helpful or necessary when submitting a development application.

Many of these links are to PDFs. Others will direct you to the city’s municipal code online.

Zoning Code + Development Standards
Submittal Checklists
Supplemental Study Requirements
Traffic Impact Analysis

A traffic impact analysis is required with most preliminary development plans or preliminary plat submittals.

The established guidelines provide uniform criteria for the development of the study. Prior to beginning an analysis, applicants should consult with the Engineering Services Division of the Planning and Development Services Department regarding the scope and assumptions for the study.

Required studies must be submitted with the development application.

Notification + Neighborhood Meetings
Board of Zoning Appeals

Review Guidelines

Unified Development Ordinance

The city’s zoning and subdivision regulations are contained within a document called the Unified Development Ordinance within the city’s Municipal Code.

In addition to specific regulations for each of the city’s zoning districts, the UDO contains development standards for parking, landscaping and screening, signage and floodplain ordinances.

Other city documents, such as the Comprehensive Plan and architectural design standards, supplement the UDO.

View the UDO

Design Guidelines and Standards

The City has adopted three sets of design guidelines and standards to help shape the character of new development in Overland Park. The guidelines work in conjunction with the Unified Development Ordinance and the comprehensive plan to establish expectations for new development and redevelopment in the city.

  • Mixed-use design standards establish and encourage innovative mixed-use development as an alternative to typical suburban, use-segregated development. The guidelines aim to create connected, pedestrian-friendly environments with an integrated mix of uses, including a variety of housing types and usable public spaces. These guidelines apply only to properties zoned Mixed-Use District (MXD).
  • Site design standards provide site planning guidance for commercial and multi-family developments. Grading, landscaping, site lighting and open space requirements also are included in these guidelines.
  • Architectural design standards outline criteria to create high quality, pedestrian scaled buildings that enhance the built environment. These standards apply to commercial, mixed-use and multi-family developments. Some limited criteria apply to infill single-family developments.

Variances + Deviations

The Board of Zoning Appeals considers variances, and the Planning Commission considers deviations from the Unified Development Ordinance.

These groups may grant requests for variances and deviations only when:

  1. The request arises from a condition which is unique to the property in question, is not ordinarily found in the same zoning district, and is not created by an action or actions of the landowner or the applicant.
  2. Granting the request will not adversely affect the rights of adjacent landowners or residents.
  3. The strict application of the provisions of the ordinance would constitute unnecessary hardship upon the landowner represented in the application.
  4. The request will not adversely affect the public health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity or general welfare.
  5. Granting the request will not be opposed to the general spirit and intent of the Unified Development Ordinance.


Once an item is scheduled for consideration by the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, or City Council, it may be rescheduled to a future meeting with a continuance.

Reasons for a Continuance

Applicants are allowed one continuance by right. Planning staff has the discretion to approve as many as two more continuances when necessary revisions, new or missing information, or other good cause makes consideration of an application premature.

Requests must include the reason for the requested continuance and the date and time an item will be ready for consideration.


Submit continuance requests in writing to the current planning staff member assigned to your case by the close of business the Tuesday prior to the scheduled Planning Commission meeting. Any late continuance requests must be made in-person to the Planning Commission.

Failure to provide the required notice will automatically result in a continuance. Requests for continuance where no progress is being made to resolve outstanding issues may not be granted.

Notification Requirements

City staff provide rezoning and special use permit applicants a sign to notify the public of the proposal and an upcoming public hearing.

If a continuance is granted, staff will provide applicants a sticker to update the notification sign posted at the property. Applicants must make every attempt possible to notify all property owners previously contacted about applications of the new hearing date.


Parking Standards Study

In accordance with Forward OP and Vision Metcalf, the City is currently reviewing community parking standards and strategies in development.

The goals of the study are:

  • Limit the impacts of excessive and underutilized parking and increase opportunities for productive uses and open space
  • Foster economic vitality and mixed-use districts by supporting walkability and activity density with appropriate parking policies
  • Implement codes that maximize the efficient use of parking and support shared parking resources citywide
  • Develop provisions that create quality parking screening and design standards that minimize adverse impacts to the built environment
  • Manage the growth of traffic by encouraging projects that minimize driving trips

Learn more about the study at the links below: