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 As of July 21, 2020, we are offering a hybrid meeting venue for individuals wishing to participate. Individuals wishing to simply view the hearing may do so on our YouTube channel.

Hybrid Meeting Venue

Our hybrid venue plan allows individuals to participate on their terms. If you are comfortable doing so and able, you may participate in-person in the Council Chambers in City Hall. Alternatively, if it is inconvenient or unsafe for you to attend in-person, you may participate virtually via Zoom.  The option to choose applies to all participants regardless of your role (applicant, resident or neighborhood organization).

If you are ill or may have been exposed to COVID-19, you MUST participate virtually.

Participating Virtually

Whether you are a citizen, neighborhood organization, or member of an applicant team you may participate virtually. You will have the same opportunities as you would if you were to participate in-person, including the ability to offer a presentation, submit information for the Commission’s consideration, offer verbal testimony and be seen (subject to your device’s abilities).

Here are links to participate virtually at for the next three CPC hearings:

For Applicants

If you are a member of the applicant team, please use the “raised hand” feature when your case is called so that you may be promoted to a panelist position. This allows you to be seen and heard. If you have a presentation or documents to give to the Commission, they must be submitted as follows:

  1. Email the presentation to publicengagement@kcmo.org by 12 p.m. the day prior to the hearing.
  2. Reference the case number or docket item in the email subject line.
  3. The presentation must be a power point file.
  4. Your project planner will advance your power point as a member of your applicant team presents.

For Residents

Once the planner begins to present the case, please use the “raised hand” feature to notify the Commission that you would like to offer testimony. This allows you to be seen and heard. If you have a presentation or documents to give to the Commission, they must be submitted as follows:

  1. Email the presentation to publicengagement@kcmo.org by 12 p.m. the day prior to the hearing.
  2. Reference the case number or docket item in the email subject line.
  3. The project planner will provide the information you submitted to the Commission.

Virtual Participation Tips

  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.

Just Want to Watch?

You may watch the hearing anytime on the City Planning and Development Department Youtube Channel.

Participate In-Person

If you wish to participate in-person you must abide by the Mayor’s order. Specifically, participants at City Hall MUST:

  1. Wear a mask that covers one's mouth and nose.
  2. Practice social distancing
  3. Not be ill or potentially exposed during the last 14 days

We also encourage the following:

  1. That applicant teams send only one person to the Chamber to represent them (the remainder can participate by Zoom).
  2. That organizations (interest groups, neighborhoods, etc.) send only one person to the Chamber to represent them (the remainder can participate by Zoom).

If you cannot abide by these expectations, please participate virtually.

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.