Long range planning includes the city’s
- Annual Development Report,
- Comprehensive Plan,
- Future Development Plan,
- Greenway Linkages Plans & Guidelines, and
- Special Study Areas.
It includes population data including future estimates and new development in expected growth areas of Overland Park, as well as the maintenance and redevelopment of established areas of the city.
In accordance with the Unified Development Ordinance, the Planning Commission and City Council use 15 factors, including conformance with the city's Comprehensive Plan, when reviewing the appropriateness of a development proposal for rezoning or a special use permit.
Other factors may weigh in a decision and result in approval of a proposal that conflicts with the Comprehensive Plan , which is not a zoning map but a projection land use types. Kansas state statutes recognize that changes in anticipated development will take place and provide for an annual review of the Comprehensive Plan by the Planning Commission and City Council to ensure it does not become obsolete.