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Lee's Summit launches initiative to gather feedback as it creates strategic vision for the future

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Posted at 4:18 AM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 09:39:36-05

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — Lee’s Summit is planning for the future and leaders are asking for help creating a vision to guide the city over the next 10 to 20 years.

The city launched “Lee’s Summit Ignite” initiative. It’s a way to gather feedback from people who live, work and visit Lee’s Summit to create a vision plan. It’s similar to the LS360 process the city completed roughly ten years ago.

The idea is to predict what will be important in the city and then plan for it. Mayor Bill Baird is encouraging people to think outside the box and bring ideas to the table that may seem too extreme.

The ideas can be about infrastructure, housing, gathering places, or how to improve city services or incorporate smart technologies into the city. Anything is on the table.

Thursday, the city will host a community conversation. The event is a type of forum for people to participate in the planning process. Baird said everyone is welcome. They’ll work in small groups answering questions and brainstorming ideas for the plan.

“It’s coming in here, being a patriot right now for our community. Being a patriot with regard to doing your duty as far as making sure your voice is heard. We are genuine and sincere that we want your input,” explained Baird.

The community conversation is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Lee’s Summit High School, 400 SE Blue Parkway.

The city has hired a consultant to help guide elected leaders and staff in developing this strategic plan. The mayor hopes to have a draft of priorities complete in April. Next there will be an opportunity for the public to comment again and make changes to the priorities before the city council adopts the final vision this summer.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can submit feedback on the LS Ignite website by clicking here.