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December 19, 2016
Topeka Planning Commission recommends approval for Reser's PUD

At the December 19 meeting of the Topeka Planning Commission, Commissioners voted 9-0-0 to recomend to the Governing Body the zoning request, subject to conditions in the staff report, and conditioned upon the governong body annexing the property.

Visit the Reser's PUD page (located in our Cases of Interest section)
Read newspaper article here


November 13, 2016
Bishop Dr. Aletha J. Cushinberry Memorial Parkway - Memorial designation of street in honor of Bishop Dr. Aletha J. Cushinberry
Read newspaper article here


October 21, 2016
Rev. Dr. W.L. Templeton Memorial DR - Memorial designation of street in honor of Dr. W.L. Templeton
Read newspaper article here


October 20, 2016
The Topeka Landmarks Commission and the Topeka Planning Department hosted the first ever State of Kansas Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program Homeowner's Workshop. Read more.


October 19, 2016
On the Red Couch - Dan Warner of the Topeka Planning Department talks about the Landmarks Commission's October 19 tax credit workshop
WIBW video


September 19, 2016
Downtown Historic District Design Guidelines now available


May 18
City of Topeka named Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by League of American Bicyclists.


May 16
Planning Commission recommends approval of City’s second Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) for Elmhurst.





May 7
State awards Planning Department $41,700 in Historic Preservation Fund grants.

Read more


April 25
Heritage Tourism grants approved.


March 16
Pedestrian Master Plan approved by the City Council and MTPO


Neighborhood Health Logo February 16, 2016
Topeka City Council has approved the North Topeka West Neighborhood Plan

View the approved plan



December 15
2015 Hi-Crest Neighborhood Plan Update approved by City Council

November 20
SW Arvonia/Huntoon/I-470 Traffic Study available to view here

October 23
City of Topeka Planning Department Receives 2015 Pioneer Award

The City of Topeka Planning Department was awarded the 2015 Pioneer Award from the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association for the Land Use and Growth Management Plan (LUGMP) video. This represents the first-ever State-wide Planning award for the City of Topeka! It recognizes projects that demonstrate creativity and innovation in using planning to meet a community need or solve a public problem. The LUGMP was approved by the Governing Body March 10, 2015, supporting fiscally responsible and sustainable growth policies by investing where we already are or can afford to be.


October 12
November 12 meeting scheduled to launch the development of Historic District Design Guidelines. Read more.


October 12
Announcing Early Site Plan Review (Pilot Program)
The City is now requiring an early Site Plan Review application and preliminary approval prior to application for a building permit. Read more.


October 9
Update to Topeka Worth Saving 2015 properties


September 16, 2015
City of Topeka to host Development Forum on Wednesday, September 23 from 11:30AM-12:30PM in the Holliday Building Conference Room (1st Floor) at 620 SE Madison. View more details.


September 15
Public Meetings Set for KTA Southeast Topeka Interchange Concept Study


August 25, 2015
Register now to help with Bike Counts 2015, taking place September 16 and 19!


August 13, 2015
Topeka Landmarks Commission establishes standing Design Review Committee to assist owners and investors in historic properties understand and consider all applicable design guidelines and review standards in making modifications and alterations to their properties. View more details.


July 22, 2015
National Park Service approves the first-ever listing of three new historic districts for Downtown Topeka in the National Register of Historic Places. View the press release.


July 8, 2015
Topeka Pedestrian Master Plan to be topic of Coffee on your Corner


May 12, 2015
Neighborhood Health Update 2014 Released
Interactive Neighborhood Health Map
Neighborhood Health Update 2014

May 9, 2015
Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review approves listing of three Downtown Topeka Historic Districts to the Register of Historic Places.


May 9, 2015
Topeka Planning Department Receives Heritage Preservation Fund Grants


April 28, 2015
Heritage Tourism Grants Awarded by Transient Guest Tax Committee


March 23, 2015
City Seeks Input on Topeka’s First Pedestrian Master Plan
Community Workshop Scheduled

March 10, 2015
Topeka Governing Body Approves LUGMP 2040
CJOnline Article
Planning Commission Approves LUGMP 2040
CJOnline Article (9/18/14)

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November 6, 2014
Downtown Topeka National Register Nomination Process


October 14
City Council approves PUD14/3 - SW 29th and Gage


October 6, 2014
Topeka launches Interactive Neighborhood Revitalization Program Map


September 23, 2014
Topeka City Council approves the Zoning Matrix Calibration


July 16, 2014
City Wins Funding for Bikeways Master Plan Phase II


July 8, 2014
Topeka City Council approves Wrangler Ridge PUD
Press Release | About the project


May 13, 2014
Topeka Landmarks Commission present inaugural Endangered Properties List


May 6, 2014
Topeka City Council approves Historic Preservation Ordinance


May 7, 2014
City of Topeka Planning Department to host Development Review Forum


April 28, 2014
City of Topeka Planning Department to host Community Garden Community Meeting

April 11, 2014
Heritage Tourism Grant Awards made by Transient Guest Tax Committee

March 12, 2014
Census Report on Shawnee County Migration Patterns


March 11, 2014
City Council unanimously approves Oakland Neighborhood Plan


February 12, 2014
City Planning Department Launches New Interactive Local Landmarks Map


February 11, 2014
Westboro Neighborhood Conservation District unanimously approved by City Council
NCD Overlay Document


January 8, 2014
Bikeway Signs go up in Topeka promoting Master Bikeways Plan
Press Release


January 7, 2014
Historic Preservation Plan unanimously approved by City Council
Historic Preservation Plan


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December 17, 2013
Topeka City Council approves the Historic North Topeka East Neighborhood Plan.
Historic North Topeka East Neighborhood Plan


December 9, 2013
Planning Department hosts public Q&A sessions for Temporary Sign Code Update
Public Comments | Summary of Temp Sign Code update | Ordinance recommended by Planning Commission


August 26, 2013
Topeka Planning Commission approves Public Hearing for ordinances - To be scheduled with Topeka City Council. Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance (08-13-2013).


August 20, 2013
Topeka City Council approves Minor Plats, Lot Splits and Lot Line Adjustment Ordinance
Draft Minor Plats, Lot Splits and Lot Line Adjustment Ordinance | Minutes of City Council 08-20-2013


July 16, 2013
City Council approves Electronic Message Center (EMC) Ordinance
Press Release


June 10, 2013
City Wins Big Grant to Develop Bikeways


June 4, 2013
City Adds new Comprehensive Planning Manager – Dan Warner


May 7, 2013
City Adopts Neighborhood Conservation District Ordinances | NCD Brochure


April 18, 2013
Planning Department launches Interactive Case Tracker


April 10, 2013
Historic North Topeka East Neighborhood Plan Begins

March 4, 2013
New Neighborhood and Bikeways Planners added to staff


February 13, 2013
Citizen Participation Process presented to City Council


January 18, 2013
Fiander Named Topeka Planning Director


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June 27-28, 2012
EPA Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Workshop Presentations


March 26, 2012
Neighborhood Element/2011 Neighborhood Health Maps adopted by Governing Body


March 12, 2012
Topeka Bikeways Master Plan (Adopted by MTPO)


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Topeka, KS 66607

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