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City Plan Commission (CPC) schedules, staff reports and dockets are available on the Boards and Commissions page.

COVID-19 and CPC

The CPC regularly meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month in person in the Council Chamber at City Hall. Considering the current emergency, the meeting will be held remotely by video conference on April 7 and April 21 and will be streamed online.

Staff has chosen Zoom as our video conference service. It allows all participants (applicants, citizens who wish to offer testimony, the Commission, and staff) to participate by video conference. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, additional information is provided below.

What does this mean for residents?

You will be able to watch the hearing from the comfort and safety of your home. If you wish to participate you will be able to do so remotely using the participation links below. When the case you are interested in is called, please use the raise hand feature. This informs the Commission Chair and staff you want to speak. Once the public testimony begins you will be called by your screen name (the name you entered when you launched Zoom). When your name is called you will have the following privileges:

  1. You will be able to be heard by all participants (make sure you have unmuted yourself).
  2. If you desire, you will be able to be seen by all participants (make sure your device has a camera and that it is functioning). If you'd rather not be seen, de-select the camera option on the video conference toolbar.
  3. You will be able to give a PowerPoint presentation if you desire. If so, please email your presentation to publicengagement@kcmo.org by 4 p.m. the day prior to the hearing. Please put the docket number and/or case number in the subject line of your email.

What does this mean for applicants?

Applicants will be able to participate remotely by video conference at the participation links available below. Your hearing will follow the same course as it would during an in-person hearing: Staff Presentation>Applicant Presentation>Public Testimony>Applicant Response>Commission Discussion & Action. When your case is called, you will have the following privileges:

  1. You will be able to be heard by all participants (make sure you have unmuted yourself).
  2. You will be able to be seen by all participants (make sure your device has a camera and that it is functioning).
  3. You will be able to give a PowerPoint presentation if you desire.

How to Watch

You will be able to watch the hearing from the comfort and safety of your home on the Kansas City's Government TV Channel 2. In addition, this station can always be streamed live on the city's Youtube channel online.

How to Participate

If you would like to virtually attend the meeting and give testimony, you may access the hearings via Zoom at the links below.

Participate in the April 7, 2020 Hearing

Participate in the April 21, 2020 Hearing

Some Ground Rules

It is important for all participants to keep in mind that public hearings are a special kind of meeting and that there is no video conferencing service specifically developed for public hearings. For this reason, we must establish the following ground rules to ensure the hearing functions with minimal interruption and maximum clarity.

Rules for all Participants

  1. Screen Names

    Use first and last names. If prompted to enter a screen name when launching Zoom, please enter your first and last name. If you have an existing Zoom profile you may not be asked to enter a screen name. In these cases, if your active screen name is anything other than your first and last names, we ask that you change it, at least temporarily, for your hearing.

  2. Audio Control
    Unmute yourself when speaking and mute yourself when not speaking.

  3. Video Control
    Unless you’ve disabled your video, you will appear on screen when speaking. Please be mindful of what is in your background.

Expectations for Applicants

For you to give a presentation, appear visually before the Commission, and provide verbal testimony we need your cooperation on the following:

  1. Identify Applicant Representatives

    Please provide the first and last name of all representatives of the applicant who will participate in the video conference no later than 4pm the day prior to the hearing by emailing this information to publicengagement@kcmo.org. Please put the docket number and/or case number in the subject line.

  2. If You Have a Presentation
    If you wish to give a presentation, please email your presentation (must use a power point file) to publicengagement@kcmo.org by 4 p.m. the day prior to the hearing. Please put the docket number and/or case number in the subject line. Staff will run your presentation for you when you speak during the hearing. 

Expectations for Residents

If you would like to provide testimony on a case, you can do so as follows:

    1. Provide written testimony in advance by emailing your testimony to publicengagement@kcmo.org. Please put the docket number and/or case number in the subject line.
    2. Provide testimony during the hearing. Once you have joined the meeting and the case you are interested in has been called simply use the raised hand feature of the video conference platform. This will alert staff that you would like to speak, and your name will be called. 
    3. You may also provide a presentation during public testimony. If you would like to, please let us know by emailing your presentation (must use a PowerPoint file) to publicengagement@kcmo.org by 4 p.m. the day prior to the hearing. Please put the docket number and/or case number in the subject line. Staff will run your presentation for you when you speak during the hearing.

More General Info about the City Plan Commission:

 The Public Hearing

  • It takes six weeks from the time you submit your application until the date of the City Plan Commission public hearing. The delay is due to a required period for legal advertisements; time to prepare and mail notices of the hearing to adjacent property owners and do other administrative work; and because of the limited number of cases the City Plan Commission can hear at one time.
  • You and all owners of property within 300 feet of the affected site will be notified of the time, date and place of the hearing. The City Plan Commission has established a policy requiring you to hold a meeting with affected residents to review your project prior to the public hearing.
  • You or your representative must be present at the City Plan Commission public hearing to present and explain your request.
  • You should bring with you any maps, graphs or other materials that would help you explain your proposal. Adjacent property owners and other interested persons also will be allowed to speak at this hearing.

After the Hearing

  • The commission will make a recommendation to the City Council either to approve your request; approve it subject to certain conditions; or to deny it. You will be advised by letter of the commission’s decision.
  • If the City Plan Commission recommends approval of your rezoning request, the City Planning and Development staff will prepare an ordinance and forward it to the City Council. Within about two weeks, the ordinance will be given a first reading before the City Council and will be referred to the council’s Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee. About one or two weeks will pass before the committee holds a public hearing on the ordinance. You or your representative must attend, and should bring any material that would help explain your request.
  • After hearing all sides, the Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee will make one of the following recommendations to the full City Council: “do pass,” “do not pass,” “without recommendation, “or “hold in committee.”

If the committee recommends that the ordinance be passed, the measure will be given a second and third reading on consecutive weeks and the council will vote on it at the third reading. If the City Council approves your rezoning request, or approves it with conditions, the ordinance to rezone your property becomes effective 10 days later.

If Your Request is Denied

If at any time during the process of seeking a rezoning your request is denied by either the City Plan Commission, the City Council or the council’s Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee, you have three options:

  • You can revise your application and resubmit it at any time to the City Planning and Development Department.
  • You can resubmit the same plans for the same property to the City Planning and Development Department one year later.
  • You can ask a City Council member to reintroduce the denied application at any time.
  • If your request included a Master Plan Development (MPD) or an Urban Redevelopment Plan (UR) you will then need to submit a final plan for administrative review, a step that must be taken before a building permit can be issued. To do this, you are required to submit a completed application form, filing fee and five copies of your plans to the City Planning and Development Department staff. This plan must be in substantial compliance with the intent of the approved preliminary plan. An MPD plan will be scheduled in approximately three weeks for the Development Review Committee (DRC). The DRC will review the plan and will either approve, approve with conditions, deny or continue the project for additional information. You or your representative must be present at the DRC meeting. A UR plan will be reviewed by the planner within approximately three weeks. During the three week interval various city departments will review and comment on the plans.

The City Planning and Development staff will then send copies of the approved plans to Development Services, 5th floor, City Hall for use in issuing a construction permit. You must have such a permit if your project involves any new structures or any work that physically changes structures already on the property.