- How do I look up my zoning?
On the City Public GIS Viewer:
Select the Tools tab and select Find Address. Type in the address you want to locate, then select search. Select one of the results listed to the left pane or zoom into property. This takes you directly to the property aerial.
Turn on zoning layer
Towards the bottom left, select Layers tab. Find the Zoning layer group, expand the layer by selecting the plus sign. Check the Zoning box to turn on the zoning layers. Adjust the layer's scroll bar to change the transparency if needed.
Identify Zoning Type
Select Identify tab, select Point to highlight the button then on the map select the property. In the results listed, select the zoning.
- What are the different roles involved in the planning process?
Applicants (property owners) apply for a zoning case with the Planning Department. In some cases, applicants hire an agent to work on their case for them.
Planning Department staff review the case, and prepare a staff report/recommendation that is presented to the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations on planning cases to the governing bodies. For certain case types, the Planning Commission makes the final determination on the case.
The governing bodies (City Council or County Commission) review and make final determinations on planning cases.
- What is the Metropolitan Area Planning Department (MAPD)?
The Planning Department is made up of city and county staff. The Planning Department is a joint City and County Planning Department that works with citizens and community leaders to identify and plan for the preferred future of Wichita and unincorporated Sedgwick County; and works to help achieve that future. The Planning Department's role for implementation is largely accomplished through the coordination of a variety of land planning functions including zoning and subdivision. The Planning Department supports the Planning Commission.
The Planning Department is comprised of four divisions - Current Plans, Advanced Plans, Zoning Enforcement and Administration. You can find more information about the Planning Department in the Wichita and Sedgwick County budgets.
- How do I apply for a zoning action on my property?
Property owners that wish to request a rezoning can submit an application to the Planning Department. See applications and more information.
- How do I know what uses are allowed on my property?
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Unified Zoning Code (PDF) details what uses are allowed on properties. See a quick-look use regulation chart (PDF).
- How do I obtain a letter that verifies the zoning on my property?
A request for a Zoning Verification Letter must be submitted to John Cox. See more information (PDF).
- Can I submit a Protest Petition for a rezoning application where the Planning Commission has recommended denial?
Yes, you can submit a Protest Petition (PDF) for a rezoning application where the Planning Commission has recommended denial. The Protest Petitions are considered a protest of the application submitted by the applicant and not a protest of the recommended denial by the Planning Commission.
- How are cases decided?
Cases are decided on a case-by-case basis and involve the consideration of multiple factors. Decisions on cases often reference the Golden Rules (PDF). The Planning Commission receives a staff report with a recommendation from the Planning Department.
- What does the Current Plans Division do?
The Current Plans Division processes approximately 500 land planning cases per year. The Current Plans Division is also substantially involved in many long-range planning initiatives.
- How big is the protest area?
- For planning cases in the City of Wichita, the protest area extends 200 feet around the subject property.
- For planning cases in unincorporated Sedgwick County, the protest area extends 1,000 feet around the subject property.
- Unique situations:
- If the subject property is in the City, but land in unincorporated Sedgwick County is within the 200-foot protest area, the protest area will extend 1,000 feet into the County at that location.
- If the subject property is in unincorporated Sedgwick County, but land within the city limits of Wichita is within the 1,000-foot protest area, the protest area will extend 200 feet into the city limits at that location.
- How can I protest a planning case?
You can protest a planning case that was heard at Planning Commission public hearing by filling out a protest petition (PDF). Protest petitions are available here.
- How long is the protest period?
The protest period is a total of 14 days beginning the day after the Planning Commission public hearing. It ends at 5 pm on the 14th day.
- What are neighborhood plans for?
Neighborhood and Area Plans are amendments to the comprehensive plan and offer guidance and vision for specific neighborhoods or areas. See existing plans.
- How can I get a Neighborhood Plan for my neighborhood?
Neighborhood or area plans are best addressed by contacting the City Council District Representative(s) for your neighborhood. They in turn will discuss with the City Manager and determine if, and when the Planning Department (MAPD) can assign the necessary staff and/or budget for consulting services to work on a neighborhood plan.
- What does the Advanced Plans Division do?
The Advance Plans Division is responsible for long-range planning initiatives including neighborhood planning and comprehensive planning.