Lee's Summit Planning & Special Projects

Department Highlights

2019-20 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan Draft for City Council Adoption

The City's 2019-20 Annual Action Plan draft of the Community Development Block Grant program, as recommended by the Community and Economic Development Committee will be presented to the full City Council on May 7, 2019 and the Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance adopting the Plan. Access the draft Action Plan document.

2018 Development Report Released

The Planning and Special Projects just released its 2018 Development Report. This report provides the latest Census American Community Survey demographic data, the City's building permits issued in 2018, its population estimate and the City's growth trends. The department publishes this report annually.

City's Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map Amended

The City Planning Commission adopted resolution on Jan. 10 changes to the City's Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map to apply new land use designations for areas annexed into the City in recent years that did not have land use designations. You can find more information regarding this amendment here

Current Project - Get Involved: Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

Citizen participation is strongly encouraged to help the City finalize this important analysis report, a product of 12 months of community engagement and statistical analysis. Follow us on the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice project page to learn about the scheduled public events and how you can contribute to the final phase of this study.

Community For All Ages

City of Lee's Summit was awarded both Silver and GOLD certifications on Jan. 18, 2019, under MARC's Community for All Ages program. Learn more about these awards.

Department Services and Responsibilities

The Department is involved in both long-range planning and special projects, and administers the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which includes all the City’s zoning and subdivision regulations. The Department provides input into the review of applications for rezoning, special use permits, variances, development plans and subdivision plats. Long range planning efforts include preparing conceptual and future land use master plans, updating the Comprehensive Plan, compiling statistics and preparing population and development projections, and preparing annual development reports.

The long-range planning staff provides input on UDO amendments and support for the Planning Commission, City Council, Board of Zoning Adjustments, Community and Economic Development Committee, as well as ad hoc Committees appointed by the City Council or Planning Commission.

The department administers the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and provides oversight over the First Time Homebuyer Program and Minor Home Repair Program funded with CDBG grants. The department also provides information to the general public, including realtors, appraisers, developers, contractors, citizens and others, regarding general and specific land use issues.