The Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan (MUACP) was developed through a joint planning initiative by the City of Manhattan along with Riley and Pottawatomie counties during a 15-month period involving an extensive and highly collaborative public process. This involved an update of the 2003 Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan and extended the planning study area from 75 square miles to 93 square miles, to identify new and expanded growth areas in the two counties as well as expanded redevelopment areas within the city. The process also included an update of the 2000 Manhattan Area Transportation Strategy (MATS), which focuses on a broad range of multi-modal transportation issues.
Adoption by Manhattan and Riley and Pottawatomie counties
The Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board and the Riley County Planning Board adopted the Comprehensive Plan on March 2, 2015, following a joint public hearing, and the Pottawatomie County Planning Commission adopted it following a public hearing on March 3, 2015. On March 23, 2015, the Pottawatomie and Riley County commissions adopted the plan. The Manhattan City Commission approved first reading of the plan on March 24, 2015, and second reading on April 7, 2015, by adoption of Ordinance No. 7131. Subsequent amendments have been made and were also adopted by ordinance (see list in plan document).
Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan
View and/or download* the entire Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan.
*Due to the size of this document, we have also broken the plan down by chapter.
The Trends and Forces Report provides extensive background information that was used to inform the planning process by establishing a common baseline of information and can be used as a stand-alone document covering key facts and influences in the Manhattan area, including trends forecasts in a number of areas listed under the Community Profile. There are also a number of inventory maps.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Growth Vision
- Chapter 3: A Coordinated and Efficient Pattern of Growth
- Chapter 4: Preserve and Enhance Natural Resources and Promote Resiliency
- Chapter 5: Efficient Use and Expansion of Public Facilities and Services
- Chapter 6: Active Community Involvement and Regional Cooperation
- Chapter 7: A Balanced Multi-Modal Transportation System
- Chapter 8: Healthy, Livable Neighborhoods Offering a Variety of Lifestyle Options
- Chapter 9: An Active Community Recognized for its Quality of Life and Strong Sense of Place
- Chapter 10: A Strong, Diversified Economic Base
- Chapter 11: Special Planning Area Policies
- Chapter 12: Action Plan
- Appendix A: Growth Opportunity Areas
- Appendix B: Related Plans and Policy Documents
- Appendix C: Supplemental Utility Planning Information
- Appendix D: Growth Capacity Comparison
- Appendix E: Trends and Forces Report (2023 Amendment)