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.
Please join us for the Topeka Planning Commission meeting on Monday, April 20, 6pm at the Municipal Building, 214 SE 8th Street, 2nd floor Council Chambers. (Televised)

Agenda packets and information about the Topeka Planning Commission


March 2020

Planning & Development operations update (as of 3/19/2020)

Planning & Development operations as of 3/18/2020

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

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.


November 2018

Building Permit Map is now available! Have you ever asked “What are they building there?” Now you can view a map of current and previously issued commercial and residential building permits!

Amendment to City of Topeka Landscape & Screening Standards passed by Governing Body. Ordinance 20150 / Summary description of the changes

Planning held our first ever Historic Wood Window Restoration Workshop November 8-10, 2018. Watch for more information and photos from the workshop!


October 2018

Amendment to City of Topeka Landscape & Screening Standards passed by Governing Body. On October 23, the City of Topeka Governing Body adopted Ordinance 20150 amending the City’s standards for (1) landscaping, and (2) screening related to automobile tow lots and contractor yards.  View a summary here.

October 8-10 Historic Wood Window Restoration Workshop
The City of Topeka has invited Bob Yapp, founder of the Belvedere School for Historic Preservation, to lead a 3-day, hands-on wood window restoration workshop to teach historic property owners and skilled contractors the best practices of window restoration techniques. All participants will learn the essential methods and practices of window restoration by restoring historic wooden windows. More information & registration here.

July 2018

MTPO Transportation Safety PlanPublic Open House was held July 31 2018 in the Holliday Conference Room at the Cyrus K. Holliday Building (620 SE Madison). 11:00AM – 1:00PM and 5:00PM – 7:00PM. More information here.

Developer Forum, hosted by the Topeka Planning Department, July 25, 2018 – Agenda

Collins Park Historic Resources Survey is now complete.
Read the final report here

Auburndale Historic Resources Survey – Phase 2 is complete!

Read the final report here


June 2018

Country Club Addition Neighborhood Historic Preservation Resources Survey is now complete.
Read the final report here.


May 2018

Permit Portal now available!
Our Development Services Division has been working to create a Permit Portal where developers can log in to check the status of their permits, and the portal is now available.


Planning Department awarded three historic preservation grants by the State of Kansas

Historic Garlinghouse Resources of Topeka, KS 1910-1960 ($20,000)

Tennessee Town Intensive Historic Survey Phase #1 ($14,500)

Continued training for Landmarks Commission and staff ($5,911).


April 2018

2017 Neighborhood Health Update is complete
The Topeka Planning Department has completed our 2017 Neighborhood Health Update. Information about this and previous Health Updates can be found here.
Looking for a particular neighborhood? Check it out here.


Quinton Heights-Steele Neighborhood Plan
On April 17, 2018 the Governing Body approved the Quinton Heights-Steele Neighborhood Plan. The document can be viewed here.

January 2018

City of Topeka Planning Department Visual Appeal Survey
The Topeka Planning Department is undertaking a comprehensive update to the City’s sign code and commercial building standards. A recent public survey resulted in over 1,060 responses. See the results of the survey and Learn more about the survey and Visual Code Update


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