2017 Newsfeed

News/Announcements from 2017

 

November 2017

Public Meeting held November 13, 2017 at the Holliday Building (620 SE Madison)

The City of Topeka intends to apply for one United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.W.EPA) Brownfields Cleanup Grant for the Former Van Buren School Property. See additional information in our Public Notice.

A draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives is available here.


October 2017

Underway: Processes being Updated

The Topeka Planning Department is working to update and streamline our processes. View Topeka Capital Journal article from October 21, 2017.

City of Topeka Receives Brownfields Grant

On October 26, the city of Topeka and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency celebrated the funding of a $300,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant. Press Release

Article from Topeka Capital Journal

Topeka Planning Commission approves the Tennessee Town Neighborhood Plan Update.

On October 16, the Topeka Planning Commission approved the Tennessee Town Neighborhood Plan. The plan is scheduled to go before the Governing Body at their November 14 meeting.

Plan Draft

City Wins Funding for Bikeways Phase III Project and Phase II Safe Routes to School Program for Quincy Elementary

View the press release

More information on the www.topekamtpo.org website


September, 2017

Bike Counts 2017 took place on September 13 & 16.
Results can be viewed here.

View the location map for where counts are taken.

 


August 2017

Topeka Planning Department publishes the
1st edition of the
Development & Growth Management Report, a brand new tool to help track residential and commercial growth in Topeka.

View the DGM report now

Long Range Transportation Plan

The Futures 2040 Topeka Regional Transportation Plan was adopted by the
MTPO Policy Board on June 22, 2017

View the Plan

 


July 17, 2017

Topeka Planning Commission recommends approval for Wheatfield Village PUD

At the July 17 meeting of the Topeka Planning Commission, Commissioners voted 7-0-1 to reccomend to the Governing Body the zoning request, subject to conditions in the
staff report.
Visit the Wheatfield Village PUD page (located in our Cases of Interest section)

 


June 2017

Quinton Heights-Steele Neighorhood Plan kick-off meeting held June 12
Visit the Tennessee Town Neighborhood Plan page (located in our Planning Projects in Progress section)

National Bike Month 2017
May was National Bike Month, and we celebrated with a Bike Ride with the Mayor and the City Manager on May 17.
Details Here

More info on National Bike Month


April 18, 2017

Topeka Governing Body approves Zoning Code Amendments (ACZR17/01)
Amendments include
D-1 Zoning and other misc. amendments, as well as a D1 & D3 Sign Standards handbook.


March 2017

Tennessee Town Neighborhood Plan kick-off meeting held March 29
Visit the Tennessee Town Neighborhood Plan page(located in our Planning Projects in Progress section)

 


February 23, 2017

Topeka Planning Commission recommends approval for
D-1 Zoning and other
misc. amendments to the Zoning Code.
Amendments include a
D-1 & D-3 Sign Standards handbook.

 

News/Announcements from 2016

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 ParkwayMemorial designation of street in honor of Bishop Dr. Aletha J. Cushinberry
Read newspaper article here

 

October 21, 2016
Rev. Dr. W.L. Templeton Memorial DRMemorial 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.

 

  1. $20,000 to conduct a historic resource survey for a portion of the Greater Auburndale neighborhood located just west of the Potwin Place National Historic District. The purpose is to determine eligibility for a historic district. The Department is matching $9,000 of paid staff time and $5,000 of cash budgeted funds to the project.
  2. $15,000 to conduct a historic resource survey for the Topeka Cemetery to determine those features that are eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic place. The Department is matching $9,000 in paid staff time to the project.
  3. $6,700 for educational training to have up to 3 Landmarks Commissioners and one staff attend the national preservation conference. The grant will fund all expenses.

 

April 25
Heritage Tourism grants approved.

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

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

News/Announcements from 2015

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)

News/Announcements from 2014

 

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

 

News/Announcements from 2013

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

 

News/Announcements from 2012

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)