Overland Park has several boards and commissions that meet periodically to discuss various topics affecting the city.
Many of the committees require a special skill set and are noted where applicable.
- Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park
The Arts & Recreation Foundation develops and promotes the various parks and recreation facilities and programs that enhance the educational, scientific and cultural experiences of residents and visitors.
- Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals considers requests for relief from the requirements of the zoning ordinance and reviews staff interpretations of the zoning ordinance.
- CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee
The Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee develops recommendations for use of CDBG funds, a federal entitlement program benefiting low and moderate income households.
- Citizens Advisory Council on Parks & Recreation
This Citizens Advisory Council advises and makes recommendations to the Governing Body and staff on residential parks and recreational needs and wants.
- Civil Service Commission
The Civil Service Commission reviews, approves and assists the police department in the promotions process for officers below the rank of Captain.
- Code Board of Appeals
The Code Board of Appeals reviews all building and construction code appeals.
- Convention & Visitors Bureau Committee
The Convention & Visitors Bureau Committee promotes and markets Overland Park as a destination for conventions, meetings and tourism.
- Downtown Business Improvement District Advisory Board
The Downtown BID Advisory Board is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the governance of the Downtown Business Improvement District.
- Downtown Overland Park Partnership, Inc.
The Downtown Overland Park Partnership, Inc. provides services to and within the Business Improvement District to foster, promote and develop the district's economic potential.
- Environmental Advisory Council
The Environmental Advisory Council studies environmental issues while supporting and promoting new and existing programs and developing educational programs for the public.
- Fair Housing Committee
The Fair Housing Committee investigates fair housing complaints that are filed with the City Clerk and are responsible for conducting hearings on these complaints.
- Friends of Overland Park Arts
The Friends of Overland Park Arts (FOA) is a non-profit group that provides financial and volunteer support to the arts in Overland Park.
- Friends of the Arboretum
The Friends of the Arboretum (FOTA) is a non-profit group that provides financial and volunteer support to the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.
- Friends of the Farmstead
The Friends of the Farmstead is a non-profit group that provides financial and volunteer support to the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead.
- Independent Citizen Advisory Board
The Independent Citizen Advisory Board for Racial Profiling and Non-Biased Policing advises and assists in policy development, education and community outreach and communications related to racial profiling and other non-biased policing efforts of the Overland Park Police Department.
- Land Bank Board of Trustees
The Land Bank Board of Trustees is responsible for acquiring, maintaining and selling abandoned property in order to address problems and issues created by these distressed properties.
- Landmarks Commission
The Landmarks Commission is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the Governing Body on designating historical landmarks and sites in the city.
- Legacy of Greenery Committee
The Legacy of Greenery Committee promotes landscaping throughout the city by advocating and encouraging the proper planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, flowers and turf.
- Morse Study Area Task Force
A 13-member citizen advisory task force will work on developing a future land use plan and set of land use goals for the Morse Neighborhood.
- Neighborhood Conservation Program Executive Committee
The Neighborhood Conservation Program Executive Committee develops and monitors the progress of the neighborhood programs.
- Overland Park Development Corporation
The Overland Park Development Corporation was created to oversee the design, construction, operating and financing of the city's Convention Center.
- Planning Commission
The Planning Commission holds public hearings and makes recommendations for final action to the Governing Body for rezoning, special use permits and preliminary development plans.
- Sister City Committee
The Sister City Committee assists and advises the Governing Body on matters relating to Overland Park's implementation and direction of Sister City programs.
- Solid Waste Task Force
The Solid Waste Task Force was created to examine Overland Park's residential trash/recycling, yardwaste and bulky item collections.
- Teen Council
The Teen Council allows high school students to get an inside look at local government, be involved in the community and gain leadership experience.