A Comprehensive Plan is the official document adopted by the Planning Commission and the City Council to serve as the legal and conceptual foundation of the City’s zoning code and all other land use policies and regulations within the City and its exterritorial planning area. The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the community by preserving and protecting the social, economic, physical, and environmental characteristics that comprise a community’s quality of life.
A comprehensive plan is intended to be a rational land use guide to help direct future land use, zoning, subdivisions, and the quality, timing, and intensity of future growth.
According to case law and the Kansas Supreme Court, conformance to the city’s Comprehensive Plan is one of several factors that should be considered when evaluating the appropriateness of future land use decisions. The current plan was initially adopted in 2019, which replaced the 2007 plan. There have been incremental updates to the 2019 Plan that included changes to Chapter 5 - Public Infrastructure and Public Facilities, Southwest Growth Area Plan Infrastructure Plan in the Appendix and the Future Land Use plan. All these updates included a public hearing before the Planning Commission with ultimate adoption by the De Soto City Council.
The most recent update was of the Future Land Use plan, which was approved at the December 15, 2022 City Council meeting.