Unified Development Ordinance

City of Bonner Springs

Bonner Springs, KS

The complete document can be viewed at https://www.bonnersprings.org/bids.aspx

The City of Bonner Springs's Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2008 by Bucher, Willis & Ratliff Corporation. The Comprehensive Plan Vision 2025 primarily focused on land-use planning, transportation planning, and community facilities. The plan may be viewed in its entirety by visiting https://www.bonnersprings.org/218/Planning-Development and selecting Comprehensive Plan from the left side menu.

The Comprehensive Plan serves as the guiding policy document for the development of the City and reflects the community's collective goals and vision for its future. The City seeks a multi-disciplinary team with significant experience in the development of comprehensive plans that incorporate public input and provide a broad understanding of regional growth patterns utilizing principles that encourage a viable built environment, resilient economy, harmony with nature, healthy community, and responsible regionalism.

Other related plans and codes to incorporate into the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) include:


Bonner Springs adopted the first Zoning Ordinance on September 4, 1973. Amendments beginning in 1992 and through January 11, 2018 have been incorporated into the text. Ordinances approved since that date are not included within the text. You may download a copy of the Bonner Springs Zoning Ordinance by visiting https://www.bonnersprings.org/234/Zoning and selecting Zoning Ordinance from the left side menu.


Nestled among the rolling hills on the edge of the Kansas River, Bonner Springs is one of the oldest cities in the state of Kansas. In 1812, the Chouteau family established the first European trading post in the state.

This bustling trading post was called Four Houses, now the site of Bonner Springs. Between 1840 and 1865, steamboat traffic and the arrival of the railroads brought new people and commerce to the area. The name was changed to Tiblow in honor of Henry Tiblow, a Delaware Indian who operated the ferry across the Kansas River. It remained as Tiblow until Philo Clark platted the area in the 1880's and succeeded in renaming the entire town Bonner Springs.

"Bonner" was chosen to honor Clark's longtime friend Robert Bonner, editor of the New York City Ledger, and "Springs" was chosen because of the many natural springs in the community. Philo Clark became the first Mayor of Bonner Springs when the city incorporated in 1898.


The City of Bonner Springs is located in western Wyandotte County, with small land areas extending into northern Johnson County and eastern Leavenworth County, Kansas. The City is located primarily in Wyandotte County and is included in the Kansas City Area Metro Area. The City's geographic location is in the vicinity of regional freeways and highways: I-70 and I-435 freeways; K-7 and K-10 highways.

Loring Service Area:

The City of Bonner Springs currently has an extra-territorial jurisdiction referred to as the "Loring Service Area." The City of Bonner Springs provides enforcement of land use and planning requirements. This includes zoning; subdivision regulations; future land use; floodplain administration; building permit and inspections; and compliance with the Comprehensive Plan.


The public school system, USD 204, covers approximately 42 square miles, which include certain unincorporated areas of western Wyandotte and southeastern Leavenworth County, as well as the Cities of Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, and Kansas City, Kansas. With enrollment of over 2,600 students, USD 204 buildings in Bonner Springs includes one head start center, one preschool center, one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.


Bonner Springs is proud of our "playground of attractions" that often surprises to the thousands of visitors who travel to this small suburban city nestled among the rolling hills, bluffs, and trees along the Kansas River. Those not familiar with Bonner Springs are often surprised to find a vibrant city with coursing streams, a healthy economy, and unparalleled access to world class amenities.
With an emphasis on participation activities, Bonner Springs has a host of local attractions and year-round events for adults, children, and the family. Downtown Bonner Springs is an area for shopping, crafting, and enjoying a tasty meal. It's in the historic downtown and adjacent parks where many of the annual events begin.

Starting in May and running through October, Bonner Springs Farmers' Market is held at Kelly Murphy Park. In the months of June and July the park hosts a crowd for the City Band's outdoor concerts every Thursday evening. Bonner Springs is proud of our volunteer City Band with over 85 members. July also brings Bonner Blast, an annual Independence Day celebration featuring a firework display, band concert, and ice cream social. An experience not to be missed.

The citizens of Bonner Springs swell with pride during the Tiblow Days Festival. This celebration of local heritage is held in late August on the weekend prior to Labor Day weekend. On fall weekends, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival -- an authentic 16th century village of Canterbury is held.

Next are the unique attractions and attention-grabbing activities that bring many visitors to the area, which continue to delight the local community, including:

  • Moon Marble Company, watch marbles being made or shop for an old-style toy
  • National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, a great place to visit and learn about agriculture – past, present and future
  • Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, an open-air performance venue
  • Sunflower Hills Golf Course, a beautiful 18-hole, 7,000-yard public golf course
  • Wyandotte County Historical Museum, 350 million years of history of Wyandotte County


Recreation and green space tell much about a city's commitment to quality of life. In May of 2019 the City adopted the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The plan includes site inventory and analysis, needs assessment, public participation through a survey, and a design charrette. The goals established in the Master Plan will guide Bonner Springs into the future. The City's commitment to provide quality park and recreation services is evident with 75 acres of parkland, which includes seven maintained parks, four children's playgrounds, an Aquatic Center, and a City owned Community Center with a Gymnasium and Senior Center. Additionally, Bonner Springs boasts approximately 3.5 miles of walking trails.

Recreational opportunities are inclusive for all ages. Youth program include team sports, aquatic programs, and pop-up programs through-out the year. Adults are also provided many opportunities to engage in both indoor and outdoor recreational activity. The Community Center is also home to the Bonner Springs Senior Center.

Bonner Springs is also home to a YMCA, which is a partnership between the Kansas City YMCA and USD 204. The facility offers youth and adult programs and indoor pools.


No single employer dominates the community's work force. The City of Bonner Springs actively pursues and encourages industrial and commercial development through their own efforts and the efforts of organizations such as the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce and the Wyandotte County Economic Development Council.

Major Employers:

  • U.S.D. No. 204, school district
  • CSM Bakery Products, bakery mix products
  • Wal-Mart, Inc., discount retailer
  • Price Chopper, grocery store
  • Kincaid Coach, charter bus company
  • City of Bonner Springs, local municipality
  • Wall-Ties & Forms, Concrete Forming
  • Reddi Services, Inc., plumbing
  • Berkel & Company Contractors, foundations and earth retention
  • Coleman Equipment, equipment sales and rentals
  • McDonalds, fast food
  • Bonner Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation, assisted living facility

Ongoing and Upcoming Projects:

  • Old Dominion Freight Terminal & nearby commercial pad sites (Speaker Road and K-7)
  • Compass 70 Logistic Center – 110th and Riverview
  • Bonner Crossing – 118th and State Avenue
  • Lei Valley IV, V, and VI – Kansas Avenue and 138th Street
  • Water Treatment Plant – near 12401 Kaw Drive
  • Wilkerson Crane – 14101 Gibbs Road


As the primary planning document for the City of Bonner Springs as well as the basis for regulations and various policies and initiatives to be considered and implemented by the City of Bonner Springs, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is intended to create a comprehensive process resulting in an integrated set of land development regulations which:

  • Update and implement the vision, goals, guiding principles, and policy recommendations identified in the Comprehensive Plan
  • Update and identify barriers to Plan implementation and opportunities to streamline the development review and approval process to the extent feasible.
  • Promote ongoing coordination between City and County development review and approval processes in the developing rural areas.
  • Create development regulations which utilize best practices that are effective and practical within the existing and future economic, social, and political climate.
  • Address unique issues associated with Bonner Springs, and incorporate existing zoning and development tools as appropriate.
  • Update and create regulations that are legally sound and consistent with applicable federal and state laws.
  • Update and create regulations that are concise, consistent, and effective for use by citizens, developers, property owners, design professionals, and City staff.
  • Involve stakeholders through an open, fair and equitable process that focuses on community engagement and creates support for the final product.

Incorporates graphics and internet/mobile-based platforms and implementation approaches to make the UDO more user-friendly, searchable and easier to understand for citizens, business and property owners, consultants, and developers


The City of Bonner Springs will utilize a qualifications-based selection process in determining a consultant to assist with this project. Successful consultants must provide a team with the demonstrated qualifications, experience, and expertise to complete the project.

Team members must demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for the project, provide references for similar successful projects, demonstrate positive public participation skills, and show an ability to work within a finite schedule.


If necessary, interviews of selected consultants will be conducted by a committee comprised of City staff and elected or appointed officials. The Committee's recommendation will be forwarded to the Planning Commission for recommendation to the City Council for final action. City reserves the right to conduct consultant interviews as deemed in the best interest of the City.

Depending on the number of consultants selected to be interviewed, initial interviews may be conducted via conference call rather than in-person and on-site.


The City is requesting the following information for the SOQ:

  1. Firm Information: The firm's specialized experience and technical competence on similar projects, including the effectiveness of the proposed project team to address unique local issues at a detailed level, and incorporating appropriate community engagement processes (management structure and coordination of disciplines, offices, and/or subcontractors).
  2. Staff Information: Name, address, phone number, e-mail for primary contact, the number of professional staff members who will be assigned to work on the project including their education, training, specialties, and years of relevant experience.
  3. Availability: A brief statement as to the ability of the key personnel responsible for the project and where various aspects of work would be performed.
  4. Past Performance: Past performance of work on similar or comparable projects which have been successfully adopted and implemented should be demonstrated, including the ability to understand and incorporate zoning and development tools which address unique local issues.
  5. Summary of Proposal: Describe in detail the strategy your firm would employ to accomplish the given objectives of the project including the approach for public participation and working with clients to arrive at the most creative, successful, cost effective, and sound UDO. Explain the procedures and methodologies to be used and any other relevant information regarding the actual work. Address any unique challenges or opportunities this project offers to meet the objectives.
  6. Time Frame: Statement on anticipated time frame based on the scope of work as listed in the RFQ. Report on prior experience in delivering services within the prescribed time frame.
  7. Understanding of the Project: Provide an overview of the consulting firm's understanding and approach that will be utilized for this project, including critical issues that will need to be addressed and public engagement strategies in order to successfully complete this project.
  8. Design Quality Assurance: The team's quality control processes and management approach that will be used on the project.
  9. References: Provide three (3) references that can speak to the firm's ability to perform the scope of work listed in the RFQ.
  10. Submission: No more than 20 pages (not including appendix for staff resumes) submitted in PDF format by email to:

Amber Vogan, Assistant City Manager

by 3:00 PM on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Statements of Qualifications received later than the above referenced time will not be considered.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

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