Development Review Process

Current Planning staff review and coordinate all applications for

The development review process begins with a pre-application conference between the applicant and staff and concludes with a final recommendation from the Planning Commission or City Council.

Staff review includes the placement, type and intensity (or density) of uses, access, traffic impacts, stormwater management, building design and landscaping.

The Unified Development Ordinance, the Comprehensive Plan and the Design Guidelines and Standards are all tools used to ensure that proposed development meets the requirements and expectations of the city.

Development Handbook

The Development Handbook is a compilation of information, suggestions and requirements related to commercial, retail, office and multifamily land development in Overland Park. Development of schools, hospitals and religious structures also follow these guidelines.

The handbook is designed for landowners, developers, design professionals, contractors and others involved in the land development process.

Participating in the Development Review Process

All rezoning and special use permit requests require a public hearing. The public hearing gives residents and applicants an opportunity to address the Planning Commission and City Councilprior to any decisions being made on the proposed development request.

Speakers may find out about a development proposal by postcard, from the city; certified letter, from the applicant; or a notice of public hearing sign posted on the property.

You also can monitor development activity in your neighborhood using the What's Happening in my Neighborhood or Find a Development Proposal applications.

Residents, homes associations and neighborhood groups are encouraged to contact applicants early in the process with questions and to share information and concerns. Staff also is available to answer questions about a specific development proposal and the development review process.

If you wish to comment on a development application you may contact your Council representative, provide written comment via email or testify in person or through a representative at the public hearing. Staff can also offer advice on speaking at the public hearing and provide information about the protest petition process.

Development Review Criteria

The Unified Development Ordinance establishes 15 criteria for the review of rezoning and special use permit applications to the extent they are pertinent to a particular application.

The Planning Commission and Governing Body also may consider other relevant factors.

Among the criteria for evaluating an application are:

  • Use and character of the surrounding area;
  • Adverse impact to neighboring property owners and traffic systems;
  • Conformance to the recommendation of the Comprehensive Plan and other adopted planning policies; and
  • Recommendation of the staff.

Surrounding property owners may influence the outcome of rezoning and special use permit requests. Valid protest petitions increase the number of City Council votes required to approve a project.

Applicants are encouraged to contact surrounding property owners early in the process to identify issues and concerns.