Residential Infill Development Ordinance
City staff have proposed amendments to the Minor Subdivision Ordinance and Subdivision and Building Standards to ensure that any new lots created or proposed development are contextually appropriate for the neighborhood in which it is located. We collectively refer to these amendments as the “Residential Infill Development Ordinance” because the challenges it attempts to address relate to established areas of the city where new development is colloquially referred to as “Infill”. It will only apply to residential lots and residential developments. Like all changes, this one is offered to address an issue discussed in more detail below.
The current ordinance assumes that all development is new and does not adequately regulate development in infill situations. Generally, an infill site is a site surrounded by an established neighborhood. The ordinance applies the same standards to established neighborhoods as to new ones. In short, current ordinances fail to recognize existing, and often highly valued, features of Kansas City neighborhoods. The effect of this is:
- It is easy to grow incompatible with established neighborhoods; and
- It is difficult to develop in a way that respects the fabric and development patterns of established neighborhoods.
Generally, the development community will follow the path of least resistance. As a result, many existing infill development projects are incompatible with their surroundings.
Is my neighborhood affected?
We have studied the potential impacts of this amendment and found that some areas of the city are more affected than others. Check if your neighborhood is affected on our map of non-compliant plots.
What is infill?
The image above represents the “infill” or construction of a residential property contextual to the surrounding developed area.
Infill is most commonly understood as building on undeveloped land surrounded by developed land. Specifically, for the purposes of reviewing this ordinance, it may look like a new house being built on the vacant property between you and your neighbors’ house. This lot will likely already have access to city infrastructure like sewer and water.
How will the City of Kansas City define infill?
Kansas City, Missouri must define infill residential development and infill residential lot in a way that is contextual to the city–
a) Infill residential development: Any residential development (existing, new construction or alteration to an existing residential structure) on an infill residential lot.
b) Infill residential land: Any land zoned residential and meeting one or more of the following criteria:
a. Described by deed or dish recorded before January 1, 1954, or
b. Annexed to the Kansas City Company Boundaries prior to January 1, 1954
Proposed infill development standards
|The front setback shall be determined by either- (1) If the provided setbacks from existing properties on the same block face and within 200 feet of the subject property are within 5 feet, then the permitted setback shall not not be lower or higher than that provided by existing properties.; or (2) In all other circumstances, the allowable setback must be between 70% and 90% of the average setbacks provided by existing properties. The image above shows an example of the first rule set out above.|
The image above shows how a side indent would be determined. Lateral setback may vary depending on the width of existing primary structures in the infill residential context zone, as the minimum building width for the subject property must not be narrower than the existing structures and the maximum building width must not be should not be wider; and no structure shall sit less than 10% of the lot width or a required maximum of 5 feet. Where the minimum required building width is greater than the side setback allows, the side setback requirement takes precedence. Therefore, the side yard setback will be determined by the final building width, but not less than 10% of the lot width.
|Withdrawal on the street side|
|The street side setback shall be 10 feet or 20% of the lot width, whichever is less.|
|The rear yard must be 20% of the lot depth or 15 feet, whichever is less. [Subject to Change ]|
- When a landscaped driveway is present, driveways from the street are prohibited. Where there is no improved driveway, access routes from the street may only be permitted when at least 50% of the houses on the same block-face have an access route from the street. same street.
- The garage doors of attached garages visible from the street must not occupy more than 40% of the facade on the ground floor of the residential building.
- Detached garages must be located in the rear yard.
- Infill residential lots on block faces with 2 or less developed lots must follow conventional development standards reduced by 25%. For example, if the conventional development standard in question is the minimum side yard setback at 10% of the lot width, the applied setback will be 7.5% of the lot width.
- Lots in the following circumstances shall not be considered within the Infill Residential Context Zone:
- Lots in a different zoning district
- Lots with construction types not permitted on the property in question
Reference this page for any proposed Residential Fill Ordinance updates!
Recordings of neighborhood meetings
Find the replay of the neighborhood meetings on our YouTube channel! Where we went into more detail on how the ordinance may apply in the following neighborhoods:
Thursday April 14
Bluehills, Coalition 49-63, Rockhill Crest, Troostwood, Armor Hills
Thursday April 21
Volker, West Plaza, Westwood Park, Sacred Heart, Westside, Plaza Westport, Westside South, Westside North
Thursday April 28
Washington-Wheatley, Pendleton Heights, Scarritt, Indian Mound, Lykins, East 23rd Pac, Independence Plaza Neighborhood Council
Thursday May 5
South Hyde Park, Manheim, Ivanhoe, Squier Park, Valentine’s Day
Do you have questions about the proposed residential filling ordinance? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions document.
For questions and additional information about the Infill Residential Development Ordinance, contact: