Employment and industrial areas provide high quality locations to capture future employment growth and support a strong and diversified economy. These areas promote Olathe as an ideal place for desirable new industries, especially those that would diversify the employment base, reflect the labor force capabilities of the community, and complement Olathe’s high quality of life.
Employment areas include free standing office buildings, office parks, medical facilities, and multi-tenant professional offices. Employment areas may also include research or other light industrial uses where these uses are compatible with or accessory to the primary office and professional uses in the area. Light assembly or manufacturing may be appropriate where high-quality planned developments integrate a mix of office and light industrial uses. In Employment areas, complementary retail and service uses should be limited in scale and carefully integrated with surrounding employment uses.
Industrial areas are designated for more intensive industrial uses, including manufacturing, assembly, and distribution. Research, warehousing, and other light industrial uses are also appropriate in industrial areas. In Industrial areas, complementary retail and service uses should be limited in scale and carefully integrated with surrounding industrial uses.