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Development Patterns

Future development and redevelopment in Lee’s Summit will generally be comprised of three general categories. The five primary Activity Centers will be the location of the highest density development and can be characterized as mixed-use, walkable, vibrant nodes of development that support varying levels of services based on their location and existing conditions. Neighborhood Commercial and Commercial Nodes are less dense, but also serve the daily service needs of those that live in proximity - typically at the crossroads of intersecting thoroughfares or highways outside of Activity Centers. Standard Development is characterized by its single-use, auto-oriented nature - typical of development seen in many suburban communities. The graphics below show the relative density, massing, parking and open space configuration, and circulation for the three development patterns.

Activity Center Development Pattern

The five Activity Centers, as wells as future, emerging Activity Centers will develop as walkable, mixed-use nodes with varying levels of height and density. Activity Centers should incorporate a grid of streets and pedestrian ways that allow for ease of access to neighborhood amenities and services. The incorporation of open space amenities should reflect the scale of adjacent development and neighborhood needs.

Standard Development Pattern

The standard development pattern refers to the predominant pattern seen in many suburban communities, including strip commercial and pad site development. The proliferation of this pattern is discouraged—future development should reference the guiding principles and place types in this chapter to adhere to the desired form of future development.


Neighborhood Node & Commercial Node Development Patterns

Neighborhood Nodes, located throughoutLee’s Summit, provide convenient shopping opportunities for the daily needs of nearby residential areas. These nodes, designed for small to moderate scale commercial activity are intended to contain urban design elements compatible with adjacent neighborhoods.

They serve residential neighborhoods within a roughly one-mile radius, offering shops, restaurants, studios, small offices and other services that residents typically visit an average of one to three times per week. In some cases, the Neighborhood Nodes may include a grocery store or supermarket. The physical layout should aim toward ‘node’ or ‘center’ clusters around an intersection of an arterial or collector street, rather than a ‘corridor’ (strip design), and should be easily accessed by walking, bicycling and by transit. Neighborhood Nodes provide pedestrian and bicycle connections to the commercial area with internal circulation and connections to the surrounding neighborhood. Parking is less prominent than pedestrian features. Open space should be designed as a gathering plan. Open space should enhance the pedestrian experience.

Commercial Nodes are areas of concentrated larger-scale commercial, typically located at highway interchanges and major thoroughfare intersections outside of Activity Centers. Commercial Nodes are automobile-focused.