In order to address anticipated development and growth areas the City of Manhattan and Riley County adopted the Gateway to Manhattan Plan in 2011. Subsequently, in 2013, the City of Manhattan, Riley County and the City of Ogden adopted the Eureka Valley K-18 Corridor Plan. Both of these plans identified the need for a set of aesthetic standards to promote high quality development along the K-177 and K-18 corridors to Manhattan.
Draft Overlays were developed by City and County planning staff to implement the goals of the Gateway to Manhattan Plan and the Eureka Valley - K-18 Corridor Plan, which aim to protect the scenic corridor and encourage compatible development.
The Gateway Corridor Overlay District (GCOD) is intended to promote an attractive corridor entrance into Manhattan by ensuring that urban density development is compatible with the surrounding natural, Flint Hills setting; and promoting quality development that is aesthetically pleasing and non-obtrusive.
The Eureka Valley K-18 Corridor Overlay District establishes design standards to promote an attractive corridor entrance into the City of Manhattan. The Eureka Valley K-18 Corridor Overlay District (EVCOD) is intended to promote an attractive transportation corridor through development standards that balance the Flint Hills character with promoting employment opportunities, quality development, and commercial and industrial growth.