About Us

Mission Statement

To provide professional planning, services to the community regarding land use, community facilities, and historic preservation so that the Wichita Sedgwick County metropolitan area continues to be a quality place to live, work and play. Wichita-Sedgwick County Interlocal Agreement

Annual Reports

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Department Description

To carry out its mission, the Metropolitan Area Planning Department has three primary areas of responsibility.

  • The MAPD coordinates the development of a Comprehensive Plan for the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County MAPD develops and implements neighborhood plans for the City of Wichita. In addition, it provides assistance to the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County on a wide-range of other policy and technical matters related to the Comprehensive Plan (Advanced Plans)
  • The MAPD advises the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, the City Council and the County Commission on zoning, subdivision, and other related matters. Working with other departments, we help to implement the development review process. MAPD oversees historic preservation efforts. Staff support is also provided to the Historic Preservation Board, Wichita-Sedgwick County Board of Zoning Appeals. (Current Plans)
  • The MAPD is responsible for enforcement of zoning regulations, sign permits, and some licenses in the City of Wichita, under direction of the Zoning Administrator.

Advanced Plans Division Description

The Advanced Plans Division is responsible for long-range land use planning initiatives for the ongoing development, review updating and monitoring of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Comprehensive Plan, neighborhood revitalization plan preparation and implementation. Related tasks include population, employment and socio-economic data gathering and analysis, review of city and county Capital Improvement Programs, as well as land use research and policy analysis on a wide range of community planning issues, and the production of the annual Development Trends Report.

Current Plans Division Description

The Current Plans Division carries out its responsibilities in support of the community's vision for economic vitality and its built environment. The division's responsibilities include: Historic Preservation compliance, Zoning and Subdivision Review according to adopted standards, and implementation of adopted long-range plans. Zoning reviews must be conducted in conformance with federal, state and local regulations. Subdivision, in accordance with the Subdivision Regulations, coordinates private development with the delivery of appropriate services in an efficient and timely manner, Historic Preservation activities include Certificate of Appropriateness reviews; "environs" reviews, survey and nominations of landmarks/districts; Section 106 reviews for projects funded by federal dollars; staff support to the Historic Preservation Board; assistance to citizens regarding preservation activities, including State and Federal Historic Income Tax Credits and Delano and Old Town Design reviews.

Zoning Enforcement Division

The Zoning Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcement of zoning regulations, sign permits, and some licenses in the City of Wichita, under direction of the Zoning Administrator.