Overland Park, KS: Form Based Code Economic Analysis

Overland Park FBC

Our team, led by Ferrell Madden Lewis, was charged with developing a Form Based Code for downtown Overland Park and two neighborhood nodes.  This project implemented the Vision Metcalf corridor plan, promising a new direction for the City, championing sustainability, walkability and pedestrian places.  After assisting with the balance of supportable land uses at each node, we worked with the design team to evaluate the feasibility of proposed site plans based on a typical lot size for each district, parking configurations and financial analysis.  Using GIS analysis of land and building values, we then described the potential economic impact of redevelopment under the new code.  One of the design ideas included creating a new street where land is now mostly vacant.  Pro-forma analysis of redevelopment scenarios for this site demonstrated the importance this infrastructure improvement could have for the downtown as a catalyst project.