Design Guidelines & 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.