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2017 Development Report Released

The Planning & Special Projects Department just released its new 2017 Development Report. This report includes updated Census demographics, population and housing growth statistics based on city-issued building permits, commercial growth and updated subdivision listings. To view or download this report, please follow this link.

Minor Home Repair and First Time Homebuyer Programs

Both the First Time Homebuyer Program and Minor Home Repair Program of the City of Lee's Summit are funded under the Community Development Block Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds are allocated each year to these two programs when the City Council adopts the Annual Action Plan of the CDBG program. The City ...

The City of Lee’s Summit is conducting an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) in the next few months, a federal mandate for the Entitlement Communities of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs to implement the Fair Housing Act. Be a part of the City’s effort to better understand the issues related to housing, housing choice and overall quality of life of its citizens in order to draft future goals and policies to address identified impediments to fair housing choices.

The AI is a study that includes…

  1. Analysis of local and regional housing patterns and opportunities.
  2. Identify patterns of concentration of poverty or segregation based on demographic characteristics
  3. Understand the contributing factors that led to these patterns
  4. Identify impediments limiting housing choices for the protected class
  5. Establish goals and policies for concrete actions to address impediments

Fair housing choice is the fundamental right of all Americans. Every citizen should have equal right to choose where to live. The City wants to hear from all of our residents, especially our veterans, seniors, disabled, even people with concerns about living conditions as they age and people who have been exposed to housing discrimination.

The process of this study will include the following key elements:

  1. Public awareness
  2. Consultation with stakeholders and public surveys
  3. Research, data gathering and analysis
  4. Identification of patterns, issues, and contributing factors
  5. Public participation (community meetings, open houses, etc.)
  6. Report preparation
  7. Public hearing and public comment period
  8. Adoption of the study

The final product of this process will be a comprehensive analysis of the status of housing choice opportunities and specific impediments that limit fair housing choice for a person or household of a protected class, and establishment of goals and objectives for meaningful actions to combat the issues.

The City plans to provide several opportunities for public involvement throughout the process. The public is encouraged to help the City’s public awareness effort by spreading the word about the study. Surveys will be provided in various forms to the general public and targeted audience on fair housing choice related questions. Various public meetings or other public events will be scheduled to further engage the public for education and community solutions. The final phase of public engagement will include review of the final document for comment and a public hearing.

The City will put out public announcements through various media outlets, including this website, for all the above mentioned public events as they are scheduled. In addition, all public announcements will be posted on the popular social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others.  The public can also contact the City by phone: (816) 969-1600, by email: Heping.Zhan@cityofls.net, by fax: (816) 969-1619

To maximize the level of public participation so that a wide range of representation is achieved, the City will reach out to various agencies, organizations, civic and advocacy group leaders for assistance.

Public engagement will provide valuable information in helping the community to assess the current status of fair housing choice and opportunities, which will lead to identification of choice limiting factors. Public input collected will be used for designing strategies to improve housing choice opportunities for all.

Stay informed by following us through the entire process of this important project.