Zoning is a legislative process that divides the city into areas that specify allowable uses within those areas.
- Land use relating to residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use.
- Building size and density.
The Comprehensive Plan
In the consideration of any application for a rezoning, zoning amendment, or a special use request, the Olathe Planning Commission and the Olathe City Council determine whether the proposal conforms to the Comprehensive Plan and the Future Land Use Map or any other recognized plans, studies or policies normally utilized to make land use decisions.
Land Use Actions Requiring a Public Hearing
The following require public hearings by the Olathe Planning Commission:
- Rezoning/Zoning Amendment
- Rezoning: Property owners who want to develop or use their property in ways that do not conform to the current zoning district must apply for a change to the zoning classification.
- Zoning Amendment: A request to change or remove any stipulations approved with a rezoning ordinance shall require approval of a zoning amendment application. Upon approval, the zoning amendment maintains the same zoning district classification.
- Special Use Permit
Certain uses of land, buildings or structures may not be appropriate under all circumstances in any given zoning district; but they may be appropriate where adequate precautions can be taken to assure compatibility with surrounding uses, public need and the city as a whole.
- Vacation of Easements or Rights-of-Way
When it is deemed to be in the public interest, all or a portion of any street, alley or public reservation, including, but not limited to, public utility or drainage easements, dedicated building setback lines and access control may be vacated.
Overlay districts create a set of unique requirements for a specific area that apply in addition to the base land use zoning district without disturbing the requirements of that district. In the instance of conflicting requirements, the stricter of the conflicting requirements apply.
Refer to the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 18.20 for current overlay districts.
Special area and corridor plans supplement the global view of the Comprehensive Plan with more details about future growth patterns in specific areas.
- Cedar Creek Area Plan
- Coffee Creek Master Plan
- Envision Olathe Downtown Master Plan
- K-7 Corridor Study
- K-7 Corridor Design Guidelines
- K-150 Corridor Study
- Lone Elm Vicinity Plan
- Streetscape Master Plan and Downtown Design Guidelines
- Woodland Road Corridor Plan