Planning & Zoning

The City of Emporia has established and maintained public improvements that support a full-service community. Successful industrial recruitment, the passage of local sales tax elections for business development, and the maintenance of urban infrastructure-these and many more efforts have helped build Emporia as a regional urban center. The city faces the opportunity to build on those strengths as it plans for future growth.

The city must update and utilize land use regulations to ensure compatible and appropriate infill development within longstanding commercial corridors, such as the Downtown and the Sixth Avenue districts. Ensuring that appropriate development design and intensities are provided along the commercial corridors is a critical aspect of public partnership with the private sector.

Emporia's Planning and Zoning department upholds these transitions and regulations. With a growing population, need for commercial and industrial projects, the department is right at the core of enforcing usage regulations that ultimately allows for Emporia to maintain its strong position for being a regional urban center for the state of Kansas.

The Planning Commission will consider a text amendment, proposed by Newman Regional Health,  to the recently adopted Zoning Regulations that would modify Sections 2.5.3 and 2.5.7 Permitted and Conditional Uses within Commercial and Public/Civic Parcel Types; Section 8.9.2.a requiring Conditional Use Permits for certain medical facilities within Planned Unit Developments; adding Section 9.6 creating specific requirements and standards for the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for certain medical facilities,; and Section 12 adding definitions of certain medical facilities.  

Proposed Text Amendment to Recently Adopted Zoning Regulations (PDF)

The Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium Little Theater, 111 E 6th Avenue, Emporia, KS. 

The Emporia Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals Public Hearings will not be live streamed. However, community members are welcome to share questions and comments by emailing The questions and comments will then be shared with the Emporia Planning Commission. Deadline for questions and comments by email is Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 4:00 PM. 

Comments in person at the Emporia Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals Public Hearings will be limited to three minutes.