The Division provides staff support to the City Plan Commission (CPC) and Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) and makes recommendations to the groups regarding land use issues for current projects. The Division also houses the Development Compliance Branch which ensures public welfare and safety through the enforcement of codes and ordinances. The branch’s responsibility includes land use and development compliance, floodplain violations and processing of Certificate of Legal Non-Conformance applications.
Development Management staff are located on the 15th Floor of City Hall. You can also contact staff at 816-513-1500 to make an appointment with a planner. CPC and BZA sign postings are also available for pickup on the 15th floor.
Commitment to Customer Service
The Division is committed to making the development approval process easier for customers by working with individual applicants or their representatives by appointment.
CPD Boards and Commissions– View complete list
DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT DIVISION FAQ’s FOR COMPASS KC
- Will Compass KC change how I file an application?
Yes. You will now file applications online at kcmo.gov/CompassKC. In order to do so, you have to be a registered user of the system, as will any other contact you want to add to the application (such as design professionals, land owners, legal counsel, etc.).
- How do I register?
You can register at kcmo.gov/compasskc.
- Watch this tutorial on how to apply for an application or follow the steps below?
>First, select the type of application you want to file.
>Then provide the location of the project (if the project area includes multiple parcels or addresses, please include all the parcels or addresses)
>Next you will add contacts to your application (list all of the individuals you want us to communicate with)
>Then you can upload attachments (please upload all of the documents you are providing us – including plans)
>The system will then ask a series of questions (usually no more than 5 or 6 depending on the type of application you are filing)
Then you are ready to SUBMIT, unless you have plans we need to review.
>Upload any plans you are submitting for review using the eReviews tab on the screen
>Then select “waiting for files”
>Now, you can upload the plans for review (Note: if you are submitting plans and supplemental documents, upload them all as attachments but upload only your plans to eReview).
After you have uploaded the plans, your submittal is complete.
- What happens after I submit my application?
Staff will conduct a Quality Control Review (QCR) and prepare an invoice. After we’ve completed the review, all of the contacts on the application will receive an email advising whether the application passed QCR or not and notifying you that the invoice is due. You must pay the invoice by the deadline provided in order to be docketed for the hearing date for which you applied.
- What happens after I pay my invoice?
We receive a notification from the system that it has been paid and we begin our review. Review will not commence and your case will not be docketed until the invoice is paid. The review process is generally the same as before; however, there is transparency built into Compass KC so that you always know where your project is in the review process. You can always check the progress of review on Compass KC. All of the listed contacts will receive the following updates by email:
>Plan status update when your application is scheduled for Development Review Committee (if required), City Plan Commission, or Board of Zoning Adjustment.
>Notice when Development Review Committee has completed review of your application (if applicable) with a copy of the committee’s comments (disposition letter) attached.
>Notice when Development Review Committee has requested you attend a meeting with them for further discussion (if requested).
>Notice when a public hearing notice sign is ready for you to pick up and post (if required).
>Notice when City Plan Commission or Board of Zoning Adjustment staff reports are prepared and released.
>Plan status update when City Plan Commission or Board of Zoning Adjustment has taken action on your application with a copy of the committee’s recommendation or decision and conditions imposed (disposition letter) attached.
Click on property or add property address to find current and future development info.
Checklists for application approval
Preliminary plat requirements
Project Plan, Final UR and Final MPD Plan Requirements
Development Plan, UR Plan, MPD and Special Use Permit Plan Requirements
The following links display applications that you may print and complete for submittal to the City Planning and Development Department, City Plan Commission or Board of Zoning Adjustment. Please read the directions on each application carefully before completing the application. Incomplete and/or substandard application packages may result in a delay in the preparation of your request for review by the respective board or commission. All affidavits must be signed and notarized as required.
Street Naming Committee Applications – You can now apply using Compass KC
The Subdivision Regulations require that all preliminary plats submitted to the City for approval have a separate Official Street Name Sign Plan attached. A street name sign plan is generally only required when new streets are contemplated with a development. Because preliminary plans for rezoning or community unit projects serve as a project’s preliminary plat, a street name sign plan may be required for these applications.
Honorary Street Name Application – You can now apply using Compass KC
The City has also established an Honorary Street Name program to recognize significant people, places or events through the placement of special street name signs.
How to request approval from the City – You can now apply using Compass KC
How to request approval of a rezoning
How to request vacation of a street, alley, plat or easement
Consent forms for City Plan Commission (CPC) applications
If the applicant is not the legal owner of record of the property being considered by the City Plan Commission, a consent form signed by the owner and witnessed by a Notary Public must be filed with the application. The consent form grants the CPC permission to consider the case and binds the property owner to any conditions of approval that may result.
Individual for property owned by a single person
Partnership for property owned by a limited partnership
Corporate for a property owned by a corporate entity
Limited liability for a company
Municode is a user-friendly, online way to view the City’s zoning and development code.
Traffic impact analysis
In order to adequately review development proposals, the city staff request that developers provide a traffic impact analysis to allow the staff to determine the need for street and highway improvements to serve the proposed use and address the traffic impact on the public street network.