1. What is the zoning ordinance?
The zoning ordinance provides regulations for the division of land uses into different types of districts, such as residential, office, commercial, industrial, and mixed used districts. Zoning also provides for standards for each of these districts that regulate the type and number of residential units that can be constructed, the minimum lot area or density, the height and setbacks of buildings, the amounts of parking, the type, height and number of signs, among other types of restrictions. Zoning regulations also provide for procedures for changing the zoning of a property, for variances from the standards and for development of property. These regulations have been revised over the last 85 years,
2. How do I check the zoning of my property?
If you know the address of your property you can go to the land records search at the following link and then look up the GIS parcel where the zoning information of the property is listed.
Land Records Search
3. What if my zoning does not allow my proposed use?
You can request for a rezoning of the property. Please contact a planner in the Development Management Division of our Department to discuss the feasibility of rezoning a property.
4. What are my options regarding a rezoning?
Rezoning consists of an application to the City Plan Commission. This application may or may not include a development plan depending on the specific request. A rezoning application must be consistent with adopted land use plans of the City. If it is not, an additional application to amend the adopted land use plan would also be required. Both of these applications would be scheduled for a public hearing of the City Plan Commission.
5. How do I know what zoning designation is right for me?
Every zoning district enumerates a list of allowable uses in that district. Once you have determined the zoning district that your property is located in, check the list of enumerated uses to determine if the zoning designation is right for you.
6. How is a property rezoned?
A rezoning application must be consistent with adopted land use plans of the City. If it is not, an additional application to amend the adopted land use plan would also be required. Both of these applications would be scheduled for a public hearing of the City Plan Commission.
The Commission is a group of 8 volunteer citizens whose role is advisory to the City Council on land use and zoning matters. The City will notify property owners and registered neighborhood organizations within 300 feet of the application area of the public hearing of the Commission. The planning staff reviews the application and prepares a written report and recommendation to the City Plan Commission that evaluates the proposed rezoning with any adopted plans and review criteria. The Commission hearing consists of receiving this report by staff, hearing from the applicant, any supporters and any persons in opposition to the application. If the Commission recommends approval, the application will be advertised for another public hearing before the Planning & Zoning Committee of the City Council for their review. If the rezoning is approved, the next step necessary is approval of the site plan, (See Chapter 3 for this approval process)
7. How long does the rezoning process take? How much does it cost?
Rezoning applications generally require approx. 3-4 months from the time an application is submitted to Council consideration. This amount of time includes submittal of the application, notification to property owners of the public hearing scheduled, staff review, City Plan Commission public hearing and the public hearing of the City Council. Additional time may be required if the City Plan Commission or the City Council believes additional dialogue with neighbors, elected officials or others may help to resolve development issues.
The base fee is $625 for a rezoning application and fees for plan approval vary according to the amount of land area or number of residential units. A commercial plan would be about
$900 for a 10-acre site and $600 for a 150-unit residential plan. See the complete application form and fee schedule at: http://www.kcmo.org/planning/pdf/devmgt/cpcapp.pdf
8. How do I initiate a rezoning request?
Information needed: location, land area, and proposed land use of the development. Having a site plan prepared that portrays the project is very helpful. It is recommended that you contact the Development Management Division, at (816) 513-2874, or firstname.lastname@example.org that accepts applications to the City Plan Commission for rezoning of property. This office will recommend a pre-application meeting to discuss your proposal, identify the development approvals needed and advise you of procedures and regulations.
9. When and where do the City Plan Commission and the Planning and Zoning Committee meet?
The City Plan Commission meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, other than the month of August, when only one meeting is generally scheduled. The meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers, 26th Floor, of City Hall. The Planning & Zoning Committee meets each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers also.
10. How do the City Plan Commission and the Planning and Zoning Committee obtain public input?
Since these meetings are public hearings, the groups obtain public input from testimony given by interested persons.
11. What happens at the public hearing?
The planning staff presents the application, staff recommendations and conditions of approval. The applicant then presents any additional information and answers any questions about the proposal. Then, interested persons who have questions, support or oppose the application are given an opportunity to present information. Then the Commission or Committee discusses and makes a recommendation. If the City Plan Commission recommends approval another public hearing is scheduled for the Planning & Zoning Committee of Council. The Planning & Zoning Committee reviews the application and makes a recommendation to the entire Council.
12. What if the City Plan Commission or the Planning and Zoning Committee recommends denying my request?
A substantially different application would need to be submitted or after one year, the same application could be submitted again.
13. How should I prepare for the public hearings?
An applicant is required (need to link ordinance) to present the application to neighborhood groups and property owners around the application site prior to the City Plan Commission hearing so that they understand and can identify any concerns to you and the Commission and the Council. Before the City Plan Commission hearing, obtain a copy of the staff report and if there are recommended conditions of approval, be prepared to agree or not agree to those at the public hearings.
14. If the City Council approves my rezoning request, what do I do next?
The next step would be to submit an application for approval of a site plan and an application for a subdivision plat if required.
If a property’s zoning designation allows the use you propose, you should proceed to the next chapter (site plan review). If the zoning designation of a property does not allow the use you propose, the following steps may be taken:
- Meet with Planning staff in the Development Management Division of City Planning to discuss your development project.
- If the property can be rezoned for the proposed use submit an application for rezoning as mentioned in this chapter.
- If rezoning of the property is not possible, find an alternate property which is zoned for the proposed use.