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.