Planning & Development

​The mission of the Planning & Development Department 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.
The next meeting is scheduled for 6:00PM on January 25, 2021 and may be held via videoconference. For information on how to view the meeting, please contact us by email or call 785-368-3728.

Agenda packets and information about the Topeka Planning Commission


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

News/Announcements from 2019

December 2019

Planning Cases can now be submitted digitally with no paper files required for application! See details here

Phase 1 of the River South District plan is underway! Read more here

October 2019

The City’s nomination of Fire Station No. 4, located at 813 SW Clay St. in the City’s Old Town Neighborhood, to the National Register of Historic Places has been officially approved by the US National Parks Service. Read more here

New Sign Code effective October 1, 2019! View the code here.

September 2019

Everything Garlinghouse – Rosin Preservation will be giving a presentation on “Everything Garlinghouse here in Topeka” on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30PM, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library/Marvin Auditorium. Open to the public. Free admission. Read more here

September 10 – Governing Body votes 9-1 to approve new sign code!

August 2019

The Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization (MTPO) is in the process of updating the community’s 2012 Bikeways Master Plan which Shawnee County residents voted to implement as part of the Countywide 1/2 cent sales tax in 2014.  Save the date! There will be a public open house on Thursday, August 29 at the Shawnee County Health Department (2600 SW East Circle Drive) from 4:30-6:30PM.  Learn more and be a part of the process by taking our survey!

The Central Park Neighborhood Plan Update will be presented to the Topeka Planning Commission at their August 19 meeting. You can view the current plan draft here. The next step on the journey to updating the Plan Draft is presentation to the Governing Body.

July 2019

Our Zoning Map can provide information about the zoning of properties and zoning district standards as well as any design guidelines that apply, what council district properties are in, and more. Check it out here!

May 2019

Topeka Planning Commission to consider our Visual Code Update III.

The Big Reveal – a free removal of non-original vinyl siding workshop is being led by Community Preservation Specialist & restoration expert Bob Yapp. Workshop dates: June 14 and 15. Read More

February 2019

MTPO  has approved the Topeka-Shawnee County Complete Streets Guidelines

Topeka Planning & Development to host public meetings to provide information about the status of a new sign code proposal for the City. See date, times and details about the meetings and the side code.

January 2019

Topeka’s first ever Non-Residential Design Standards were unanimously approved by the Governing Body on January 8. This requires all new non-residential buildings and substantial additions to meet a minimum number of architectural details, percentage of acceptable facade materials, and percentage of windows/openings based on the zoning district. The standards also include alternative compliance elements. You can view view the standards here in an “easy to read” format. Building type examples can be found here.

Notice of Proposed Demolition of 1200 SE Monroe Street

Governing Body approves new name! We’re now the City of Topeka Planning & Development Department.


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