Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board


The Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board is a quasi-judicial board that was created in March 1976, through an interlocal agreement between the Manhattan City Commission and the Riley County Commission, to provide for coordinated planning within a jurisdictional area called the Manhattan Urban Area, which includes the Manhattan city limits and the surrounding urbanizing area. The focus of the board is to develop, adopt, and update the comprehensive plan and other policy documents for the board's jurisdictional area, and formulation of development codes for the area. These policy and implementation documents address a range of community issues such as growth and development, land use, natural resources and open space, flood plains, housing, neighborhoods, the downtown, highway corridors and transportation. The board also reviews development applications and planning and zoning proposals, and forwards recommendations to the City or County Commission for final action.

The Board contains seven members, with the City and County Commissions each appointing three members, and the seventh member being an alternating appointment by the County and the City.


The Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas. 

The first meeting of the month is a legislative meeting, during which the board conducts public hearings to consider and make recommendations on applications involving the annexation, zoning and subdivision of land, and proposed amendments to regulations and land use plans. 

The second meeting of the month is typically reserved for work sessions, during which the board works with the community and planning division on various studies and planning initiatives, to address both the strategic and long-range planning needs of the community, but the second meeting can be used for legislative meetings if needed. Below is the current meeting schedule and corresponding application deadlines for the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board.

Meeting date

Application deadline

Jan 12, 2023

Nov 18, 2022

Jan 26, 2023


Feb 09, 2023

Dec 16

Feb 23, 2023


Mar 09, 2023

Jan 20

Mar 23, 2023


Apr 13, 2023

Feb 24

Apr 27, 2023 


May 11, 2023 

Mar 10

May 25, 2023 


Jun 08, 2023 

Apr 7

Jun 22, 2023 


Jul 13, 2023 

May 12

Jul 27, 2023 


Aug 10, 2023 

Jun 9

Aug 24, 2023 


Sep 14, 2023 

Jul 14

Sep 28, 2023 


Oct 12, 2023 

Aug 11

Oct 26, 2023 


Nov 09, 2023 

Sep 9

Nov 30, 2023 *


Dec 14, 2023 

Oct 13

Dec 28, 2023 


Jan 11, 2024

Nov 9

Jan 25, 2024


Feb 08, 2024

Dec 8

Staff Liaisons

Barry Beagle
Senior Planner
Community Development
E-mail Barry Beagle

Additional Information

Meeting Information

The board meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.


  • Phil Anderson
    • Term expires: 04/30/25
  • Ben Burton, Chair
    • Term expires: 04/30/24
  • John Ball
    • Term expires: 04/30/24
  • Ann Christian
    • Term expires: 04/30/26
  • Hannah Fehr 
    • Term expires: 04/30/25
  • Ken Ebert
    • Term expires: 04/30/25
  • Debbie Nuss, Vice Chair
    • Term expires: 04/30/26