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Yes. But it is often advantageous to leave your contact information so staff can respond back to you regarding the violation or to obtain additional information. Sometimes it is necessary for individuals to testify in court to provide evidence of ongoing violations. For more information on zoning enforcement issues in Riley County, contact Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332.
Multiple residences are permitted if the property is zoned B-1 (Two Family) or B-2 (Multiple Family) or if your property is subdivided into 2 lots.
At this time, accessory apartments are only permitted in the AG (Agricultural District) zoning district, subject to the use-specific standards of that district.
Secondary dwellings, such as a guest house, are only permitted in the AG (Agricultural District) zoning district as a Conditional Use, also subject to the use-specific standards of that district.
No accessory building shall be used as sleeping or housekeeping quarters unless expressly permitted in the zoning district in which the property is located.
Please contact Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332 for more information.
A PUD is an acronym for Planned Unit Development. It is a custom-made zoning district created to promote progressive and flexible land development which allows the combining of land uses not typically found in the same zoning district. The PUD zoning district provides for:
• A maximum choice of living environments
• A more useful pattern of open space and recreation
• A development pattern that preserves and utilizes environmental features
• A more efficient use of land and provision of services
• A development pattern in harmony with land use density, neighborhood character, transportation facilities, community facilities and economic development potential.
The PUD process has three steps:
1. The Planning Board reviews an application for a Planned Unit Development, which includes the submittal of a Preliminary Development Plan; the Planning Board holds a public hearing and forwards a recommendation of approval or denial to the Board of County Commissioners.
2. The Board of County Commissioners approve or deny the rezoning request, based on the details of the Preliminary Development Plan. Within seven days of approval of the application, the applicant must file a Notice of Approval of Planned Unit Development Preliminary Development Plan with the Register of Deeds.
3. Finally, the request goes back to the Planning Board to which the applicant submits a Final Development Plan for final approval and signature. The Final Development Plan is signed by the Director of Planning and Development.
Please contact the Planning & Development Department at (785) 537-6332 for more information.
The requirements and procedures for selling a portion of an existing parcel are outlined in the Manhattan Urban Area Subdivision Regulations and the Riley County Subdivision Regulations. These separate regulations apply in different portions of the unincorporated areas of the County. Contact the Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332 for more detailed information regarding this process.
Generally, in the unincorporated portions of the county, divisions of property that are 20 acres or greater are exempt from the platting requirements; however, within the Manhattan Urban Area, such divisions are only exempt if the property will be used strictly for agricultural purposes or as a cemetery. It is always a good idea to check with Riley County Planning & Development Department at (785) 537-6332 to determine any platting and/or zoning requirements prior to the sale of any land, particularly since this is information that likely will not be included in a title search or abstract of title.
State law requires that surrounding property owners within 1000 feet be directly notified whenever a rezoning, variance or conditional use is requested. Riley County also sends notice when a plat is being proposed. This notice tells you the time, date and place where the public hearing is being held, the requested change and where the property is located. You are welcome to attend this hearing to voice your support or concerns regarding the requested change or to just ask questions about the proposal. You may also at any time call Riley County Planning & Development at (785) 537-6332 to find out more about the request.
Yes, sign permits are required prior to the erection of any sign in the unincorporated areas of Riley County. Contact the Riley County Planning and Development at (785) 537-6332) for more information.