By Mallory Ragon
The city council agreed to pursue revisions of the downtown master plan Thursday night. The current plan is dated from 2004 and this week the community and economic development council (CEDC) began discussing the need for revisions.
Mayor Pro Tem Allan Gray asked the full council during the August 21 session whether there was consensus to have staff begin renewing the plan. He said that while there were no specific issues or concerns with the current version, the city is nearing a point where some areas may be outdated. The ten-year-old plan was developed with a horizon date of 2020 and it might be beneficial to a longer term in mind.
“[This is] a crucial element for moving the community forward,” Gray said. “In order to be a strong community we have to have an equally strong downtown.”
Councilmember Dave Mosby agreed, citing a statistic from Wednesday’s CEDC meeting that only about 5% of the city’s receivables are from the downtown area. He suggested that a possible goal for a revised master plan could be raising that number to 10%.
Steve Arbo, city manager, described the creation of the 2004 plan as a collaboration from several interested parties, including the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Lee’s Summit Downtown Main Street and others. With consensus from the council to move forward, Arbo will coordinate with city staff to begin the process of updates.