News/Announcements from 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!
Planning held our first ever Historic Wood Window Restoration Workshop November 8-10, 2018. Watch for more information and photos from the workshop!
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.
MTPO Transportation Safety Plan – Public 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!
Country Club Addition Neighborhood Historic Preservation Resources Survey is now complete.
Read the final report here.
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
Tennessee Town Intensive Historic Survey Phase #1 ($14,500)
Continued training for Landmarks Commission and staff ($5,911).
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.
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
News/Announcements from 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.
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
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.
City Wins Funding for Bikeways Phase III Project and Phase II Safe Routes to School Program for Quincy Elementary
View the location map for where counts are taken.
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
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
Visit the Wheatfield Village PUD page (located in our Cases of Interest section)
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.
April 18, 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
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.
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
September 19, 2016
Planning Commission recommends approval of City’s second
Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) for Elmhurst.
State awards Planning Department $41,700 in Historic Preservation Fund grants.
- $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.
- $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.
- $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.
Heritage Tourism grants approved.
News/Announcements from 2015
2015 Hi-Crest Neighborhood Plan Update approved by City Council
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.
November 12 meeting scheduled to launch the development of Historic District Design Guidelines. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
- South Kansas Avenue National Historic District
- Mill Block National Historic District
- Church of the Assumption National Historic District
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.
- South Kansas Avenue Commercial Historic District
- Mill Block Industrial Historic District
- Church of the Assumption Historic District
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
News/Announcements from 2014
November 6, 2014
Downtown Topeka National Register Nomination Process
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
January 8, 2014
Bikeway Signs go up in Topeka promoting Master Bikeways Plan
January 7, 2014
Historic Preservation Plan unanimously approved by City Council
News/Announcements from 2013
December 17, 2013
Topeka City Council approves the Historic North Topeka East Neighborhood Plan.
December 9, 2013
Planning Department hosts public Q&A sessions for Temporary Sign Code Update
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
July 16, 2013
City Council approves Electronic Message Center (EMC) Ordinance
June 10, 2013
City Wins Big Grant to Develop Bikeways
May 7, 2013
City Adopts Neighborhood Conservation District Ordinances |
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)