Aggieville Community Vision

The City of Manhattan is leading an initiative to implement a community-wide vision for the future development of Aggieville as a vibrant, historic, pedestrian-orientated urban district that offers diverse shopping, dining, entertainment, and residential opportunities to students, visitors and the broader community. A year long process beginning in spring of 2016 resulted in a comprehensive and cohesive planning document with a clear direction for future development and civic improvements in the district, addressing and balancing the needs and desires of the district and the Manhattan community.

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Plan Document

View the Aggieville Community Vision plan document describing the future vision for Aggieville and projects to follow. The document is responding to the issues identified and the opportunities explored through research and community input we received through focus group meetings, outreach events, an open house, and our community survey yielding more than 4,200 responses.

The plan document was adopted by the City Commission via Ordinance no. 7280 on April 18, 2017.

3-D Model

Immerse yourself and fly around in the 3-D model representing the future massing concepts, streetscape improvements, and redevelopment opportunities in the Aggieville Community Vision. Please note that the model is data heavy and may take several minutes to load. It may operate slowly for some users and may not work on all hardware or Web browsers. You can also watch the narrated video fly-though which describes the model and the concepts of the plan in more detail.

Current Projects and Initiatives

Below, you'll find up-to-date information on current projects and initiatives relating to the implementation of the Aggieville Community Vision plan. The Olssen and Associates design team has also created a web page with information for Phase II of the project, naming it Aggieville Vision to Reality. 

Summer/Fall 2018: Streetscape & Triangle Park Design

This summer we kick off the streetscape and Triangle Park design phase of the plan. This will include public visioning sessions, design charrettes, surveys, and focus groups to close in on a design concept to improve the streets, sidewalks, landscaping, traffic circulation, and pedestrian experience in Aggieville. Visit the project page at to give your input and find out how to get involved!

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Summer 2018: Phase II Zoning Amendments

Zoning determines what can be built in Aggieville; what kinds of uses, businesses, and buildings, how tall those buildings are and what they might look like. Aggieville's zoning (C-3) was last updated in Spring 2017 after the adoption of the ACV plan. Those updates (Phase I) restricted automobile-oriented uses and limited parking configuration. Through the Unified Development Ordinance process, the City will be adapting and updating its zoning regulations, giving opportunity to initiate the next round of changes (Phase II) for Aggieville zoning, as described in the ACV plan. Changes will be related to targeted building height increases, building design, setbacks and parking requirements. These zoning changes will facilitate development envisioned for the district. 


Summer 2017: 12th and Bluemont PUD Redevelopment

In June 2017, 0.87 acres of land on the north side of the 1100 block of Bluemont Avenue was rezoned to allow for a private redevelopment, resulting in the construction of 37-unit apartment building. This was the first major private redevelopment project following the adoption of the Aggieville Community Vision Plan, which further enhances the Bluemont Avenue Corridor as a high-density urban edge of Aggieville and provides additional housing options in the Aggieville area.


Past Projects and Initiatives

Below, you'll find past completed projects and initiatives relating to the implementation of the Aggieville Community Vision plan.

Winter 2017/2018: Parking and Infrastructure Assessment

The City partnered with Olsson Associates and Walker Consultants to determine future parking demand based on the redevelopment envisioned in the Aggieville Community Vision Plan, and how that demand might be met through multi-level parking garages. Capacity and potential constrains on infrastructure, including water, sewer, and storm-water due to redevelopment were also assessed. The final report provides cost estimates for various scenarios so policies for infrastructure provision, public–private partnerships, and parking management strategies may be implemented.

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Fall 2017: Property Tax Analysis

The Aggieville Community Vision is likely to require a public funding source to finance public improvements like multi-story parking garages, landscaping, and street amenities. One possible financing tool is “tax increment financing”. When a TIF district is created, the City establishes a base valuation of the district. The district continues to provide property tax revenue to the City, County, USD 383 and State at that level for the next 20 years, demonstrated in the graph below. The City then captures the increase above the base in tax revenue resulting from rising property value in the future years. This is not a new tax or additional fee, it is a result of growth and increased valuations due to development and increases in land values. The City then captures and invests that money directly back into the district in the form of public improvements. Those public improvements attract more private development and reinvestment, which in turn increases the value of property in the district that the city can again capture and invest back in the district- and the process repeats itself. This is the same mechanism the City used to finance improvements Downtown over the last 10 years.

TIF Graphic

How feasible is that for Aggieville? Looking at the current picture of citywide local property tax being generated, Aggieville and the downtown are already the most efficient property tax generators per square foot in the city (see map below). In fact, three of the top five most efficient generators in Manhattan are in Aggieville and 98 of the top 100 are either in Downtown or Aggieville. Thus reinvestment through area-based financing in these areas yields great potential for improvements.

The Aggieville Community Vision plan calls for substantial redevelopment of land currently locked up in surface parking and low-density development that could be redeveloped to substantially increase property value of the district, making Aggieville more vibrant and commercially viable.


Spring 2017: Phase I Zoning Amendments

The C-3 zoning district regulations were amended following the adoption of the ACV plan in spring 2017. These changes discourage additional highway and suburban strip-style development by prohibiting future drive-through establishments and requiring any provided parking to be placed behind buildings. See Manhattan Zoning Regulations. These changes will encourage more development in the future that emphasizes an environment centered around the pedestrian experience of Aggieville as a walkable urban center.

Fall 2016: The State of the Ville Report

The “State of the Ville” is a compilation of background information supplementing the Aggieville Community Vision Plan document. It established the conditions and trends from recent years on a range of factors shaping Aggieville. The report creates a dialogue of the issues and challenges within the district while helping to identify opportunities throughout the planning process based on analysis of observed data, informational mapping, and analyzed community input. The Aggieville Community Vision Plan responds to the findings in the State of the Ville report.
State of the Vile

Spring 2016: The Community Survey

The Aggieville Community Vision Survey was completed in May 2016. It yielded more than 4,200 responses from college students, permanent residents, business owners, military members, and K-State alumni who through the survey were able to communicate their vision for the future of Aggieville. The collected data was compiled and analyzed in the State of the 'Ville Report. See the full survey results.

Main themes centered around:
  • Parking capacity
  • Pedestrian improvements
  • Increased sidewalk amenities
  • Improved safety and security
  • Diversity of business
  • History and cultural activity
  • Improvements to Triangle Park
  • Redevelopment opportunities
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