Overlay Districts

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What is an Overlay District?

Overlay districts are for areas of the city that have unique qualities requiring special treatment or locations where special approaches to development may be warranted. They are established as a means of addressing specific aspects of land use control or development design that transcend base zoning district provisions. Overlay districts permit greater design flexibility than otherwise permitted by the conventional standards of this zoning and development code. As the name implies, overlay districts “over-lay” applicable base district classification to alter some or all of the zoning regulations that apply to particular sites. Overlay districts may be appropriate in areas where there are natural resource considerations, where historic preservation is needed, where there is the need to balance institutional development with the need to preserve surrounding neighborhoods, to maintain community character, for infrastructure protection or to accomplish city policy objectives for specific areas.

Adopted Overlay Districts

Troost Corridor Overlay – Passed July 16, 2015
Independence Avenue Overlay District – Passed July 21, 2016
Wornall Homestead Overlay DistrictOrdinance 170540 – Passed August 3, 2017
Main Corridor Overlay District – Passed January 18, 2018
Plaza Bowl Overlay District- Passed February 14, 2019 

For more information about Overlay Districts contact the Development Management Division at (816) 513-8801.

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