City of Olathe Planning works toward realizing the community’s vision and goals for high quality growth and development while preserving the character of existing neighborhoods and services to residents.
The division is responsible for all current and future planning, zoning and development activity by managing the following:
- Landscape inspections
- Permit reviews
- Review of new development and redevelopment activities
- Updates to the Unified Development Ordinance.
The division provides support to the Planning Commission and City Council regarding planning items and leads long-range planning initiatives in the following areas:
Through review of new development projects, planning staff ensure that the long-range plans of the City are implemented, and that new development and redevelopment adheres to the City´s codes and regulations. Planners work with developers, architects, engineers, attorneys, and property owners to achieve a balanced integration between new development and the built environment.
The pre-application process provides an opportunity for you and City staff to exchange information and discuss issues that impact the design of your project. In order to provide future applicants with the best customer service and ensure complete applications, the City provides two types of pre-application meetings; a discovery meeting and a project evaluation meeting. Meetings are held on Thursdays starting at 8:30 a.m. and typically last 50 minutes.
- Discovery meetings are scheduled to discuss a concept plan for a property in Olathe prior to drawing up formal plans. These meetings are designed to provide a preliminary discussion of the use, application procedure and timelines. To schedule this type of meeting please apply for a Discovery Meeting. Planning staff will contact you to schedule a specific meeting date and time.
- Project evaluation meetings are scheduled to provide an in-depth review of project plans. The applicant meets with the Development Review team to discuss the plans as they relate to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Development Ordinance. To schedule this type of meeting please apply for a Project Evaluation Meeting. Planning staff will contact you to schedule a specific meeting date and time.
Registration is required prior to applying for a pre-application meeting. Use the links above to register and apply. Meeting requests must be submitted by noon on Thursday for the following week's schedule.
Please note, pre-application meetings are intended to provide you with as much information as possible, but they do not constitute full or formal reviews of a proposal. Once information is provided with your formal application submission, comments may change and additional information may be provided.
For questions about the pre-application meeting process please email the Planning Division or call 913-971-8750.
These forms and documents are used for various land development processes in the City of Olathe.
- Site Development Plan Application
- Administrative Review Application
- Board of Zoning Appeals Application
- Rezoning/Zoning Amendment Application
- Lot Split Application
- Vacation of Easements or Right-of-Way Application
- Special Use Permit Application
- Preliminary Plat Application
- Final Plat Application
- Minor Plat Application
- Temporary Sales & Events Permit Application
- Historic Landmark Application
- Planning Application Fees
- Development Review Schedule
Commonly referred to as UDO, the Olathe Unified Development Ordinance includes zoning and subdivision platting regulations, regulates and controls development and use of land to promote public safety, health, and general welfare of the community. The documents listed below support the UDO.
Inspections are required for various phases and types of construction and remodeling. All contractors doing work within the City of Olathe must be licensed by the City.
- Landscaping Inspection - contact Planning for information (913-971-8750)
Permits are required for commercial buildings and remodels, as well as many residential repairs, additions and remodels.
- Temporary Sales & Event Permit - required for temporary events on private property
Building Codes administers and enforces building codes and ordinances to provide safeguards for protection.
Staying engaged with stakeholders throughout the community as we continue to grow is critical to realizing our community vision. Through the creation and implementation of various plans, policies, and studies, we strive to ensure that growth and development addresses community need such as neighborhood sustainability, orderly growth, and availability of services that all impact quality of life.
The Comprehensive Plan outlines the community’s vision for how Olathe will grow today and in the future.
Below are links to key planning reports and studies that outline the City’s vision, goals, and policies related to land use, mobility, and sustainability.
- Demographics - View population estimates, residential and non-residential permit data.
- Envision Olathe Downtown Plan
- Woodland Corridor Plan
- Olathe 2040
- Olathe Downtown Active Transportation Plan
- Historic Preservation Master Plan
- Cedar Creek Area Plan
- Coffee Creek Master Plan
- K150 Corridor Study
- K-7 Corridor Design Guidelines
- K-7 Corridor Study