Walnut Trails

A Master Planned Residential Community


LOCATION: Overland Park, Kansas

PARTNER: American Land Fund


Reader Communities will be the development sponsor and manager of Walnut Trails. From land acquisition to lot development, Reader Communities will manage all facets of the community development process by completing land development approvals, structuring builder contracts, coordinating lot closings, performing architectural design review, and the design and execution of master amenities.

Walnut Trails is a fully entitled master-planned community within the City of Overland Park, Kansas located south of Kansas City, Missouri. The entire project consists of 572 acres and is entitled for about 1,400 homes.  Walnut Trails will offer a mixture of residential housing opportunities complete with walking trails, neighborhood parks, and first-class amenities in a quaint setting ideal for families. In 2014, the Blue Valley school district purchased land within Walnut Trails for the purpose of constructing a future K-8 elementary & middle school. This an integral element of the community specifically given the Blue Valley School District’s national reputation for academic excellence.

When Reader Communities was retained as a land manager for this project, they looked to find ways to optimize the site’s land value for all users: the landowners, builders and homeowners. They evaluated the original master plan and adjusted to current market realities so worked with new home builders, the civil engineer and landscape architect to design a new plan that met current market demand yet provided something new to the market. Reader Communities will oversee the design vision and pattern book to ensure the custom built homes collectively meet a cohesive quaint community Overland Park desires.