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Development Policies

Encroachment Policy

The Encroachment Policy was established to ensure protection of City property, City right-of-way, and City easements from unauthorized encroachment. These established guidelines by which requests for encroachments may be considered; to establish the responsibilities of City departments regarding the protection of City property, City right-of-way, and City easements from unauthorized encroachments; and to establish policies regarding the disposition of existing unauthorized encroachments.

An encroachment is defined as development, construction on or use of City property, City right-of-way, or City easements with the exception of allowed uses.

Level of Service Policy

The Level of Service Policy (LOS) is a quality measure describing operational conditions within a traffic flow stream, generally in terms of such service measures as speed, travel time, freedom to maneuver, and comfort and convenience.

Six LOS classifications are defined for various types of transportation facilities. Letters are used to designate each level with A representing the best operating conditions and F, the worst. The City of Lee's Summit generally designs its intersection signalization with levels C and D in mind.

Street Naming Policy

When new development is proposed, street names are proposed by the developer. City staff reviews the proposed names to ensure they do not duplicate existing street names in other parts of the City in accordance with the Street Naming Policy. If the new street is a continuation of a existing street, the same name is recommended. Numbered streets (like 3rd Street) are used for east/west streets south of the center dividing line of the City. Lee's Summit uses directional quadrants (NW, NE, SW, SE) in front of all street names.

Unimproved Road Policy

When new development is proposed, care is taken to ensure public safety through the construction of roadways appropriate to the development using the Unimproved Road Policy.  The first step in review of proposed roadways, is evaluation of existing roads and unimproved roads. Unimproved roadways are those which are generally defined as narrow in width (18-20 feet), with drainage ditches adjacent to the roadway.