City seeks public input for strategic planning process

Looking for an opportunity to be heard?

The City of Lee’s Summit’s strategic planning process is currently underway and both elected officials and City staff are looking to hear from local residents and business owners. The City would like public input on concerns, challenges, opportunities and aspirations for the Lee’s Summit community.

In an earlier episode of Link 2 Lee’s Summit’s “Lee’s Summit Town Hall” podcast, City Manager Steve Arbo said the big question they want to ask is “What kind of community do you want Lee’s Summit to become?”

In an effort to to give people as many opportunities as possible to participate in this process, the City is using a variety of tools to collect public input. The opportunities will come in a pair of “Community Conversations,” as well as an online forum.



City Manager Steve Arbo talks about the Strategic Planning process & public input

“In order to ensure the best decision-making for our City moving forward, we need residents to get involved in the strategic planning process,” Mayor Bill Baird said in a statement from the City. “We want to hear multiple viewpoints and understand what our residents value so we can develop a long-term vision that positions the City for continued success.”

The first Community Conversation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at The Pavilion at John Knox Village. The second will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 at Lee’s Summit High School.

According to at City news release, the Community Conversations will be interactive discussions, where residents are invited to share concerns, challenges, opportunities and aspirations for the City. Residents will be asked, “What kind of community do you want Lee’s Summit to become?”

Residents can also provide input and feedback through an online platform at