Comprehensive Plan Update 2024

Take the Survey

People who live or work in Riley County can share input to guide the county's growth and development for the future. The comprehensive planning survey will be available until 5:00 p.m. September 15, 2023. 

Project Background

Comprehensive planning is an important tool for counties to guide future development of land. Updates can help ensure a safe, pleasant, and economical environment for residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial, and public activities. Planning can help:

  • Preserve important natural resources, agricultural land, and other open spaces
  • Create the opportunity for residents to participate in guiding a community’s future
  • Identify issues, stay ahead of trends, and accommodate change
  • Ensure growth makes the community better, not just bigger
  • Foster sustainable economic development
  • Ensure more efficient and cost-effective infrastructure and public services 
  • Provide an opportunity to consider future implications of today’s decisions
  • Protect property rights and values
  • Enable other public and private entities to plan their activities in harmony with the county's vision

Vision 2025

Read the current comprehensive plan, Vision 2025 which was adopted in 2009.


  • Public survey - available until 5:00 p.m. September 15, 2023
  • Steering Committee - first meetings in July 2023
  • Final plan - presented to BOCC by the end of 2024
  • Next planning period - 2040

Riley County's Zoning and Comprehensive Plan History

  • The Riley County Planning Board was created in 1949. That same year, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a county-wide Master Plan.
  • In 1951, zoning regulations were adopted for the area surrounding the City of Manhattan.
  • County-wide zoning and subdivision regulations were adopted in 1974.
  • The County’s first official “Comprehensive Plan” was adopted in 1987.
  • Vision 2025, the county’s current Comprehensive Plan, was an update to the original 1987 plan and was adopted in October 2009.
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    Riley County community invited to share input for the future

    People who live or work in Riley County are asked to participate in a planning process to direct growth and land use for the next 15 years. Take the survey online or volunteer to join the planning committee. Read on...
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    Keats Sewer Project Update

    This brief update is intended to provide clarity to information in a newspaper article about the Keats sewer benefit district, published July 24, 2023. Read on...
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    Riley County Planning Board/Board of Zoning Appeals recommends denial of request to build substation

    After hearing comments from the public, the landowners, and Evergy personnel, the board recommended denial of the special use authorization for the subject property to establish and operate an electrical substation at the site. Read on...