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Ignite! Lee’s Summit Comprehensive Plan

This plan establishes a walkable, neighborhood-oriented future for the next 20 years of community growth

  • Lee’s Summit, Missouri

    Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Demographic trends and an innovative land use approach drive the transformation of this suburb, creating a walkable future

Lee’s Summit, Missouri is located on the edge of the Kansas City metropolitan region and developed as a suburban community situated around a historic downtown. We actively participated in the review and update of the City’s comprehensive plan with the primary objective of leading a transformative land use initiative for the community.

Our team led and developed a unique land use and community design approach that prioritizes future development in a series of walkable, mixed-use activity centers—preserving much of the community for either agriculture or traditional residential development. The design of the activity centers and corridors is supported by policy guidance in the form of place types and design principles that articulate neighborhood characteristics, urban form, and density while establishing multi-modal connectivity—all with walkability at the forefront of future development decisions.

In addition to our land use approach, our team developed the approach and guidance for the mobility and environmental elements of the plan. Overall, the plan aims to serve as the basis for the protection of the community’s economic development, residential growth, and quality of life for residents and businesses. 

Meet Our Team

Jason Beske, Senior Urban Designer, Urban Places

My goal is to help communities create places of lasting value that are centered on people.
Jason Beske Senior Urban Designer, Urban Places Read More

Caroline Cunningham, Senior Hazard Mitigation Planner

Think critically and creatively, but never be afraid to challenge the status quo.
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Joel Mann , Principal

The excitement of cities drew me to planning; seeing how much that excitement relies on streets built for people drew me to transportation.

Anushree Nallapaneni, Urban Designer

I enjoy graphic visualization of design ideas and urban data analysis and strive to incorporate innovative approaches in my work.

Wendy Van Duyne, Senior Associate

Collaboration builds community. Our projects are stronger when we work together to solve our clients’ toughest challenges.

Jason Beske

Senior Urban Designer, Urban Places

Caroline Cunningham

Senior Hazard Mitigation Planner

Joel  Mann

Principal

Anushree  Nallapaneni

Urban Designer

Wendy Van Duyne

Senior Associate

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