​The mission of the Planning Division is to help create a vibrant city of lasting value by engaging the community through neighborhood revitalization, sustainable land use and infrastructure choices, regional transportation planning, historic preservation, and zoning administration.

Planning Commission Meetings

The Planning Commission normally meets the 3rd Monday of each month. In January they meet on the 4th Monday.
The next meeting is scheduled for 6:00PM on January 24, 2022 and will be held via videoconference.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the Planning Commission meeting page at

For information on how to log in to participate in public hearings, please contact us by email or call 785-368-3728.

Agenda packets and information about the Topeka Planning Commission


January 2022

A comment period has begun in accordance with the Topeka Planning & Development demolition delay policy for the potential demolition of 1142 SW Washburn AvenueRead More

December 2021

The 2022-24 NRP Update was approved by the Governing Body on October 12, 2021. It becomes effective January 1, 2022. Read More

November 2021

The Valley Park Neighborhood Plan was approved by the Governing Body on November 9. Read more about neighborhood plans.

October 2021

The Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) 2022-24 update was approved by the Governing Body at their October 12 meeting.

A comment period has begun in accordance with the Topeka Planning & Development demolition delay policy for the potential demolition of 112-114, 116, and 118 SE 7th.  Read More

September 2021

Applications for Lot Splits/Lot Line Adjustments have been added to our online Application Portal. Visit our application page for a link to the portal. You will also find lots of good information about our processes and about what to expect on the portal.

August 2021

The West Hills Subdivision: Historic Resources Survey is available now!

July 2021

Planning’s Application Portal is now live! Applications for subdivisions, zoning, conditional use permits, and site plan reviews can now be submitted through our online application portal. View details and a link on our application page.

June 2021

Updated Neighborhood Health Maps are available now. Visit our Neighborhood Health page to see the 2020 update information and maps.

May 2021

Downtown Master Plan approved! This multi-year project was approved by Council on May 4. Learn more about it here.

March 2021

Short Term Rentals – applications and information about the process and the regulations can be found here.

February 2021

Valley Park Neighborhood was awarded Stages of Resource Targeting (SORT) neighborhood program through the City of Topeka and development of the neighborhood plan is getting started! Learn more

Subdivision plats now available for download! Check out all the information you can find on our interactive zoning map.

January 2021

Our 2020 Year-End COVID Assistance Programs Report is available now! Find details about our Small Business Grants Program, Basic Needs Assistance Program, and Homeless Emergency Solutions Grant (HESG)

View the January 2021 report

The Citywide Housing Market Study and Strategy was completed in 2020 and the Implementation Plan 2021 approved by council in December. Learn more about the plan and the process here.



December 2020


Many of us care about what happens in our community, but don’t have the time to participate in person. This site allows residents to review and give input on Topeka Planning Commission actions without needing to attend public hearings.

On Topeka Speaks you can learn about upcoming Planning Commission agenda items and provide input:

    • See the staff and applicant presentations

    • Review materials like site plans, staff reports, and ordinances and resolutions scheduled for Planning Commission

    • Ask questions of City staff or the applicant

    • Submit comments to the Planning Commission for the public record

October 2020

2020 Bike & Pedestrian Count numbers are in! Find 2020 numbers, along with historical data here.

September 2020

Two historic preservation projects have recently been completed. The Tennessee Town Historic Resources Survey was presented to the Topeka Landmarks Commission at their August meeting, and the Mid-Century Modern Multiple Property Document was presented at the September meeting. Information about these and other historic preservation projects and surveys can be found on our Historic Preservation webpage.

August 2020

Volunteers needed for Bike Counts 2020! This year’s dates are September 16 and September 19. Follow the link for more information and an opportunity to sign up.

The Citywide Housing Market Study & Strategy is complete! An implementation plan is currently being drafted for review by the Governing Body in November of 2020.  Learn more and view the study here.

July 3, 2020

A comment period has been triggered per the Topeka Landmarks Commission’s demolition delay policy for the potential demolition of 1111 SW Lincoln Street.  Read More

June 17, 2020

The Topeka Bikeways Master Plan Update has been going on for a while now, and a draft document is now available for review. View the draft Action Plan and Supplement to the Bikeways master Plan

Also available is a “story map” which contains lots of good information about the Plan Update, as well as an opportunity at the end to give your feedback. Check it out!

June 3, 2020

A comment period has been triggered per the Topeka Landmarks Commission’s demolition delay policy for the potential demolition of 1016 SW Lincoln Street.  Read More

May 18, 2020

Planning & Development is following guidelines for City of Topeka buildings. We continue to provide all customary services on a daily basis by phone, email, or at our customer service desk located in the lobby of the 1st floor of the Cyrus K. Holliday Building at 620 SE Madison.

We encourage you to visit our one-stop web page for Licensing, Permitting and Inspections, or call the following numbers should you have questions:

    • Building Permits 785-368-3704
    • Contractor Licensing, Trade Permits, and Scheduling Inspections 785-368-3905
    • Zoning and Subdivisions 785-368-3728

March 2020

First stakeholder meeting for the East Topeka North Neighborhood Plan!

February 2020

Kick-off meeting held for East Topeka North Neighborhood Plan update.

Fire Station #7 placed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places. Read more here


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