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. 

For information on making application to appear before the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board please view our application page.

Below is the current meeting schedule for the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board.

Meeting dates

Jan 11, 2024
Jan 25, 2024 

Feb 8, 2024
Feb 22, 2024

Mar 14, 2024
Mar 28, 2024

Apr 11, 2024
Apr 25, 2024

May 9, 2024
May 23, 2024 

Jun 13, 2024
Jun 27, 2024 

Jul 11, 2024
Jul 25, 2024

 Aug 8, 2024
Aug 22, 2024

Sep 12, 2024
Sep 26, 2024

Oct 10, 2024
Oct 24, 2024

Nov 14, 2024

Dec 5, 2024
Dec 19, 2024

Jan 9, 2025
Jan 23, 2025

Feb 13, 2025
Feb 27, 2025

Mar 13, 2025
Mar 27, 2025

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