Emporia + Lyon County Joint Comprehensive Plan

Lyon County and the City of Emporia initiated a unique and exciting community-wide planning effort to join the City and County Comprehensive Plans. The joint plan (Plan ELC) reflects the positive initiatives of the City and County to work together towards a more vibrant and resilient community. This major initiative engaged residents, stakeholders, and policy makers across the County in a collaborative effort to enhance their environment and quality of life. The process engaged a diverse cross-section of the community in a discussion about the future of Emporia and Lyon County and provided an opportunity to reflect on strengths and assets of the region and explore future opportunities that address current challenges and emerging trends.

Plan ELC is structured to align different planning elements into four cohesive themes that were priorities for the community: Preserving Agricultural Landscapes; Linking Parks to People; Connecting Communities; and Supporting Infill Development. The plan includes planning patterns to be used in future code updates and a robust, phased implementation plan.


Lyon County, Kansas


City of Emporia and Lyon County


Unanimously adopted by both the City and County


American Planning Association, County Planning Division and National Association of County Planners: Award of Excellence – Comprehensive Plan (Small Jurisdiction Category), 2020

American Planning Association, Kansas, Pioneer Award (Rural), 2019