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You can submit a Protest Petition (PDF) to the City or County Clerk (depending on the location of the case) within 14 days after the case is heard by the Planning Commission. Please contact the Planning Department for questions about a specific case.
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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.
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.
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.
These Development Application signs announce to the public that a zoning action has been requested on the site. The Case Number for the zoning action and a brief description of the requested zoning action are detailed on the sign. Signs remain on-site until the public hearing for that case. For more information about the requested zoning action taking place, look up the zoning case online, or call the Planning Department (268-4421) and provide the case number.
The Historic Preservation Board is appointed by the Wichita City Council. The HPB is responsible for recommending properties to the Wichita City Council for designation as historic landmarks and districts, reviewing proposed alterations to locally designated historical properties, and reviewing proposed changes to the "environs" of state and nationally registered properties.
The Planning Commission is a volunteer board that is appointed by the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners. The Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations on planning cases to the governing bodies.
The purpose of a DAB recommendation is to advise the council member.
Per state statutes, the Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations on each case to the governing body. The governing body receives the recommendation and takes it into consideration when approving or denying a case. The recommendation from the Planning Commission can affect the number of votes needed for governing body action.
The Subdivision Committee is a sub-committee of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. The Subdivision Committee reviews and makes recommendations on sketch plats, preliminary plats, and vacation cases.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is a board that is appointed by the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners. The BZA reviews and makes determinations on variances to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Unified Zoning Code.
Anyone can submit public comment on a zoning case. Comments can be submitted in multiple ways, including the following:
The Planning Commission typically meets every other Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Meetings are currently being held in the Wichita City Council Chambers at 455 North Main Street. Limited seating for public participation is available in the Council Chambers. Public participation is also available remotely.
Cases are advertised in multiple ways:
Not all zoning actions require a notification letter to be sent. In instances where notification letters are sent, they are sent to the property owners around the subject property. Various zoning actions require various notification distances. For example, a zone change request for a 1-acre property has a notification distance of 200 feet while a Conditional Use request in the unincorporated county has a notification distance of 1,000 feet. These notification distances can be found with the application form for each zoning action. These forms are found on the Application Forms page.
Some zoning actions require a notification letter to be sent to property owners around the subject property. Receiving one of these letters means that your property is within the notification boundary of the subject property. The letter is meant to notify you of your right to make public comment.
The Kansas State Statute and the Subdivision Regulations of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department do not require public notification for Subdivision Plats. As a courtesy notification to the surrounding neighborhood, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department advises the applicant display a Planning Notification Sign on the property to be subdivided. The posted Planning Notification Sign includes the case number and a brief description of the proposed subdivision. if additional information regarding the proposed subdivision is desired, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department can be contact by calling the number included on the Planning Notification Sign.