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Posted on: March 3, 2022

Input Request: Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan


2022 Annual Review 

Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive 

Plan Input Request

The Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan encompasses a planning area of approximately 93 square miles that includes the City of Manhattan and portions of Riley and Pottawatomie Counties. The Comprehensive Plan incorporates revised and expanded guiding principles, goals, and policy recommendations to address future growth and development needs of Manhattan and the surrounding area. 

The Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan was updated in April 2015. State Statute and local policy require that the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board annually review the Comprehensive Plan.

Implemented Action Items

Since its adoption, the Community Development Department has already completed implementation of several action items, including the three identified upzonings (two on the west side of the KSU Campus and the Multi-Family Redevelopment Overlay (M-FRO), expansion east of Aggieville and campus), as well as the downzoning east of City Park. In addition, the Aggieville Community Vision has been adopted, several blocks have been rezoned to Urban Core Residential District (UCR), and the Manhattan Development Code was adopted in December. 

Here is the link to the extensive “Action Plan” chapter, which lists all the identified implementation action items. Please note that this is a 25‑plus year plan and it will take a number of years to get through all the identified items. It is a matter shifting priorities, which is one of the reasons for conducting the annual Comprehensive Plan review. 

The Community Development Department and Planning Board are seeking input regarding the Comprehensive Plan. Please list any issues that you feel should be considered during the Annual Review of the Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan.

Please forward your comments (e-mail or hard copy) to John Adam, Senior Planner, at the Community Development Department, 1101 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, or via e-mail to by Friday, March 11, 2022. If you have questions, please call or e-mail John Adam (785-587-2435). 

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