Development Resources

Below, you will find several planning-related resources that you can use as a starting point for development. We encourage you to ask questions; please call 913.477.7500 to schedule a meeting to discuss specifics about your proposed development.

Unified Development Code

Our Unified Development Code contains all zoning, planning and subdivision development regulations. It helps preserve and improve the public health, safety and general welfare of our residents and helps us meet regulatory aspects of our Comprehensive Plan.

Comprehensive Plan

Our Comprehensive Plan is the official guide for growth and development. It includes overall principles that reflect our desired policy direction, as well as specific plans and recommendations for implementing those ideas.

Guidebook of Quality Development Strategies

This guidebook addresses the seven characteristics of a sustainable community, as outlined in the Mid-America Regional Council’s Sustainable Places initiative. It identifies benefits and challenges for each strategy and program and helps provide education about effective ways to implement sustainable practices.

Development Guide

We created our development guide to help you better understand the development approval and public meeting process. Please remember that it’s only a general overview and not intended to describe everything required. It includes:

  • An outline of procedures for rezoning and special use permit applications, preliminary and final plans, and preliminary and final plats.

  • List of fees and permits required for various developments.

  • Contact information for staff involved in the development review process.

Design standards

General Standards (Lenexa City Code Article 4-1-C)

We require all development in the city to meet certain architectural design standards. Standards for single-family and duplex homes address thing such as permanent foundations, roof design and garages/carports. Design standards for multi-family, commercial, office and industrial structures are broader.

Lenexa City Center Neighborhood Design Guidelines

This document guides development in areas zoned CC-Planned City Center. The design success of this area depends as much on how the pieces fit together as the specifics of an individual building’s architectural style. Collectively, these standards address elements, such as the street and pedestrian system, site, building and sign design, and neighborhood streetscape elements, that go into making this area a cohesive and readily identifiable community.