Strategic planning was first recognized in the early 1990’s by the leaders of Lee’s Summit as a vital process in guiding the development and growth of the city. Enlisting citizen involvement in identifying a vision for our community has been an integral part of establishing community priorities since that time, and the process has helped in the allocation and prioritization of important City resources to ensure Lee’s Summit becomes the community desired and envisioned by its residents and stakeholders.
- Lee’s Summit 21st Century, the first strategic plan, was completed in 1993, and an update to the original plan was adopted in 1998. These first two strategic plans resulted in a number of accomplishments including the development of funding mechanisms for needed road and infrastructure improvements, a Police Station, City Hall, Gamber Center, Legacy Park, and Downtown Revitalization. It also spurred the creation of various community-oriented committee groups such as the Arts Council, Health Education Advisory Board and the Human Relations Commission.
- Lee’s Summit 360º: Charting Tomorrow (Lee’s Summit 360⁰), the third strategic planning process for Lee’s Summit, started in 2008. The process included the participation of more than 200 community stakeholders. With the assistance and facilitation of the National Civic League (NCL), and over the course of almost a full year, a new vision for the community was fully articulated in a new strategic plan for Lee’s Summit. The document was adopted by the City Council in August 2009. It contains goals and objectives for each of six identified Key Performance Areas (KPAs): Education, Economic Development, Local Government, Health and Human Services, Quality of Life and Transportation. These goals are to be implemented over a 10 to 15 year period through the oversight and guidance of the Implementation Committee.