​The mission of the Planning 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 next Topeka Planning Commission meeting on Monday, December 17, 2018, 6pm at the Municipal Building, 214 SE 8th Street, 2nd floor Council Chambers. (Televised)

Agenda packets and information about the Topeka Planning Commission


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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