Parking & Zoning

The Metropolitan Area Planning Department (MAPD) is undergoing a process to review and align parking requirements with community goals. This effort will focus on the following documents. 

  • Wichita-Sedgwick County Unified Zoning Code (UZC)
  • Wichita-Sedgwick County Comprehensive Plan 


    In 2015 and 2016, the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County adopted the Wichita-Sedgwick County Community Investments Plan. The plan’s guiding principles to help set relative priorities at the broadest and highest levels for future public decisions includes “make strategic, value-added investment decisions” and “support an innovative, vibrant and diverse economy”. 

    In 2019, the City and County adopted the Places for People Plan as the Urban Infill Strategy for Wichita. The Places for People Plan recommends promoting development in the Established Central Area that is contextual to its surroundings. 

    Since at least 2015, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department has seen a consistent pattern of applications for zoning actions (zone changes and variances) to reduce and/or eliminate the government mandated parking requirements. 

    In 2022 and early 2023, affordable housing, economic opportunity, job creation, and access to social services (especially mental health services) have been priority issues. All of these issues are directly impacted by the Unified Zoning Code requirement for parking. 


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    Planning Department staff are working to develop a request for proposals (RFP) to hire a consultant team to assist with this civic initiative.