City Portal May 26, 2021

Welcome to the City Portal, the City's biweekly round up of all the latest City news you could ever want and more! This newsletter will be chock full of information about events, development and City services. We will still be covering COVID-19 in the COVID-19 Briefing section at the end of this newsletter.

Digging Into Development: Restaurant Sector

Shake Shack. Firehouse Subs. Whataburger. What a list of names coming to Lee's Summit! And those are just a few of the new spots you'll be seeing around town. On the latest episode of the Digging Into Development podcast series, Assistant Director of Plan Services Josh Johnson and Project Manager Dawn Bell discuss the Lee's Summit restaurant scene and what you can expect to enjoy in Lee's Summit.

The Lee's Summit Rundown

IT'S HERE! The debut of the City's new video series, "Lee's Summit Rundown." Take a deep dive into big topics impacting residents of Lee's Summit and get to know a councilmember.

This episode includes:

  • What's happening with the Downtown Market Plaza Project
  • Third Street Improvements Nearing Completion
  • Summit Waves Opening Weekend
  • 2019 No-Tax-Increase Bond Progress
  • Meet Mayor Pro Tempore Beto Lopez

Have a topic you'd like to learn more about? Send an email to communications@cityofLS.net.

Public Comment Opportunity

Third Street Improvements

The City is designing infrastructure improvements for the Third Street corridor from Blue Parkway to Jefferson Street, a project approved by voters with the passage of the 2017 sales tax initiative.

The overview, conceptual plans and project exhibits are available for public comment. The deadline to comment is June 1.

Get the Scoop in Two Minutes!

Your weekly flash briefing is here. Get a snapshot of what's happening this week in Lee's Summit. Take a listen!

The Best Public Park

Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation is in the final round for Best Public Park in "The Best of KC '21" presented by the Kansas City Magazine!

Vote for Lea McKeighan Park for Best Public Park!

Memorial Day

We Remember and Honor

Home of the free because of the brave. In observance of Memorial Day, City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 31.

Join us this Friday, May 28, for Fourth Fridays Art Walk in Downtown Lee's Summit showcasing local artists and live musical performances!

Apply Today!

The City is hiring a variety of positions!

APPLY | Assistant Director of Finance - Controller

APPLY | Assistant Director of Finance/Cash and Debt

APPLY | Audiovisual Technician

APPLY | Field Engineering Inspector

City Council Actions

May 18, 2021

Streets of West Pryor. City Council moved to second reading several ordinances related to the Streets of West Pryor development. The ordinances included an amendment to the Chapter 100 Master Plan to extend the construction period by three years and update the scope of the project; an amendment to the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) contract to allow for the collection of a one percent general sales tax on a hotel located outside of the TIF redevelopment project area, but within the redevelopment area; and a redevelopment contract to implement the LCRA Redevelopment Plan for the Vanguard Villas.

Stag’s Field. City Council heard a presentation discussing a conceptual economic development incentive request from the developer of Stag’s Field, a multifamily development near Northwest Bowlin Road and Northeast Jamestown Road. The development consists of a 356-unit apartment complex along with 16 single-family units. The developer asked City Council for feedback on a conceptual request for sales tax exemption on construction materials. The total incentive request is about 2.75% of the total development cost. The next step for the developer would be to submit a formal incentive request.

Capital Improvement Plan. City Council heard a presentation of the draft Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which outlines anticipated infrastructure improvements for the next five years. Proposed funding for the 2022-2026 CIP is $359,542,000. New projects in the updated CIP include the replacement of Fire Station No. 5, Velie Park renovations and Southwest Scherer Road reconstruction. The CIP will be presented to the Planning Commission on May 20 for adoption.

Lakewood Self Storage. City Council moved to second reading an ordinance approving a climate-controlled storage facility, which would be located near Northeast Port Drive and Northeast Lakewood Way. The three-story facility would primarily have indoor storage units with only 17 exterior units. City Council will hear a second reading of the ordinance at a later date.

Proclamations. Mayor Bill Baird issued proclamations recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which takes place June 4, and Nurses Month, which takes place throughout the month of May.

From left to right: Nurses Month (May) and National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 4)

There will be no council meeting June 1 due to the Memorial Day holiday.

Make a Splash This Weekend

Summit Waves opens May 29 for the summer season! Have a season pass? Renew online or buy a new pass at Summit Waves, City Hall lobby, Longview Community Center or Lovell Community Center.

Watercraft rentals are coming back to Legacy Park Lake! Canoes and paddleboards are available to rent beginning May 29 through September 6.

  • $5 per hour for residents
  • $7 per hour for non-residents
  • Two hour max rental time

Lee's Summit Named Bicycle Friendly Community

The City is celebrating the renewal of its bronze-level designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Lee’s Summit was among 37 communities to receive recognition during this award round as a community committed to creating a safer environment for bicyclists of all ages to enjoy. Lee’s Summit is one of only nine cities in Missouri to receive the Bicycle Friendly Community designation.

“The Bicycle Friendly Community designation demonstrates our community’s continued progress to improve the bicycling environment. The process of becoming a more bicycle friendly community was initiated in the LS360 Strategic Plan and remains in alignment with multiple goals identified in the City’s updated strategic plan – Ignite! Your Ideas. Our Future.” - City Traffic Engineer Michael Park

Construction Update

MoDOT will be making intersection improvements at the intersections of MO Route 291 and Scherer Road/Thompson Drive and 16th Street in Lee's Summit. Construction begins on Monday, June 7, weather permitting.

From the CDC: Choosing Safer Activities

Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

  • CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community. It is important to consider your own personal situation and the risk to you, your family, and your community before venturing out.


May 14, 2021 | The Jackson County Health Order expired lifting mask restrictions indoors but masks remain strongly recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Quick Hits

As of May 26, 2021:

  • The U.S. has reached a vaccine milestone with 50% of adults fully vaccinated (131 milllion). More than 164 million people across the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 4,479,998 total vaccine doses administered in Missouri.
  • 41% of Missourians have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • 32% of Jackson County residents are fully vaccinated.

Sources: CDC and the Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Resources

* The Jackson County Health Department testing sites in Lee's Summit have moved to a new location. They will now be conducted at Legacy Football Venue, 1300 NE Legacy Park Drive.