Learn to plan your community with Planning 101

Plug in to community planning and the City’s upcoming Comprehensive Plan update with a new educational tool, Planning 101.

Planning 101 is a story map that presents interactive opportunities to learn more about how city planning works.

Scroll through the map and read to learn more about urban and suburban planning’s historical role in making Overland Park a great place to live, work and play.

The story map will help you

  • Learn and explore Overland Park’s history,
  • Deep dive into individual plans that laid the groundwork for Downtown Overland Park,
  • Explore possibilities for planning development and redevelopment in Overland Park,
  • Share where you think additional planning is needed in Overland Park,
  • Prepare to take part in the City’s upcoming Comprehensive Plan update.

Skills to engage

Residents who engage with the Planning 101 story map will be better prepared to take part in the Comprehensive Plan update when it begins later this year.

The update will consider the plan’s alignment with Forward OP and other community plans such as the Johnson County Housing Study, Mid America Regional Council Climate Action Plan, and parking and infrastructure plans. 

The update will evaluate existing and emerging issues in the community and will align with the Capital Improvements Program and budget process.

More opportunities to learn

Prior to sharing the Planning 101 story map, Overland Park partnered with four experts in the planning field to produce overview a series of discussion on major planning topics, including:

  • The economics of land use
  • The future of transportation and mobility
  • The big impact of small-scale development
  • Community revitalization and shifting suburbs

Those videos are still available on the Comprehensive Plan webpage and expand on topics that will be important during the Comprehensive Plan public engagement process.

Sign up for updates

The Comprehensive Plan update will involve extensive community engagement opportunities.

To learn more about opportunities to engage and share your thoughts on the community’s future, sign up to receive emails on this topic in the future.

Visit the Story Map

Start scrolling now to dig deep into planning Overland Park’s future:

Planning 101


Brian Jackson Planning + Development Services 913-895-6209