Comprehensive Plan Update 2040


  • Public survey - available until December 1, 2023
  • Community Meetings Calendar
  • Steering Committee - first meetings in July 2023
  • Final plan - presented to BOCC by the end of 2024
  • Next planning period - 2040

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 deadline has been extended until at least December 1, 2023.

Comprehensive Plan Committee

This group of 32 volunteer members from the community, and 11 Riley County employees, represent a variety of perspectives.

The committee will review the current plan and make recommendations based on their expertise as well as input from the community.


  • Housing
  • Health
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Economic Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Agriculture/Land Use

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.

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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