The Metropolitan Area Planning Department (MAPD) is undergoing a process to review the Unified Zoning Code’s (UZC) regulation of an Event Center in the County.
What is an Event Center in the County?
The Unified Zoning Code (UZC) defines Event Center in the County as “premises that are frequently rented out for public or private activities that are not repeated on a weekly basis, and that are not open to the public on a daily basis at times other than when an event is scheduled.”
Current Wichita Policy and Regulations
Event Center in the County is listed as a permitted use in the Limited Commercial (LC), General Commercial (GC), Limited Industrial (LI), and General Industrial (GI) zoning districts. Event Center in the County is also permitted in the Rural Residential (RR) zoning district if the property is greater than 20 acres and is in compliance with the applicable conditions listed in the Unified Zoning Code Article III.D(6)(nn). If the property is less than 20 acres, a Conditional Use permit is required.
MAPD staff is currently reviewing regulations pertaining to event centers in neighboring counties. Staff intends to share their findings at the 11/30 MAPC meeting.
On October 31, 2023, MAPD staff presented an overview of the current conditions surrounding Event Centers in the County at the Board of County Commissioners Staff Meeting. The commissioners expressed a desire for staff to research the state of the practice for:
event centers in unincorporated portions of other counites; and
short term rentals in unincorporated portions of other counties.
On November 9, 2023, MAPD staff presented an overview of the current conditions surrounding Event Centers in the County at the Advance Plans Committee Meeting.
Planning Department staff are researching the state of the practice as requested by the Sedgwick County Commissioners and anticipate presenting the findings to the Board of County Commissioners and the MAPC Advance Plans Committee.