Planning & Zoning


The Planning and Zoning Department is committed to providing the community with high-quality, proactive services and programs to enhance the quality of life of the City of Andover residents, businesses and visitors, and to promote a well-designed, physically integrated, livable and prosperous community. The Planning and Zoning Department provides technical support to the Governing Body, Planning Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals, Site Plan Review Committee, Park Planning Committee, City Administrator, all City departments, residents, the business community and the general public on current land use and development issues.

This department is also heavily involved in WAMPO (Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization). WAMPO is responsible, in cooperation with the State of Kansas and Wichita Transit, for carrying out the metropolitan transportation planning process in 22 cities and 3 counties in South Central Kansas. 


The Unified Development Manual (UDM) provides a single gateway to find all the information needed to develop a project in the City of Andover.  The UDM incorporates Zoning Regulations, Subdivision Regulations and Site Plan Review Standards into one comprehensive document.
UDM Cover Page and hyperlink to UDM

Utilize the tabs below for more information regarding Zoning Regulations, Subdivision Regulations, Site Plan Review Standards and their relationship with the City's long-range planning efforts.

  1. Long-Range Planning
  2. Zoning Regulations
  3. Subdivision Regulations
  4. Site Plan Review Standards

Long-range planning typically entails the development of Comprehensive Plans that aim to envision the future. The City of Andover generally uses a 10-year planning horizon. The Comprehensive Plan is intended to shape development over time. The City also develops additional plans/studies to complement the adopted Comprehensive Plan – usually content and/or location specific. For example, corridor studies are plans that define relationships between a roadway and its adjacent land. Corridors identified through the Comprehensive Plan may be selected for further and more detailed analysis through a corridor study. Review of applications to subdivide and development land, change a property’s zoning district classification, authorize a special use and/or approve a commercial site plan, among other development activities, are steered by the goals, policies and action strategies in the Comprehensive Plan. Over the long run, site-specific decisions guided by the Zoning Regulations, Subdivision Regulations and Site Plan Review Standards transform the City, moving it towards the vision in the plan. Conditions regularly change, and thus the plans used by the City are guidance documents only.