Feb. 9, 2019

Following nearly 20 years of public service to the City of Lee’s Summit, Robert McKay will retire as director of planning and special projects effective March 8, 2019.

McKay was instrumental in the adoption of the Unified Development Ordinance in 2001, which regulates and controls development and use of land to promote public safety, health, and general welfare of the community. He oversaw the administration of the Community Development Block Grant, a vital program that helps to meet the needs of low-to-moderate income individuals and families, address slum or blight, and meet urgent needs. McKay was also key in the development of the Downtown Master Plan, which identified standards for future development, recognized market demand and market positioning, and addressed phasing of improvements.

Under McKay’s leadership, the City received Bronze, Silver and Gold level recognition as a “Community for All Ages,” which acknowledges the work the City has done to become more welcoming to residents of all ages.

“Bob is a gifted planner whose expertise over the last two decades has guided development quality and standards within our community. He has definitely left his mark on the City and his work has assured our success moving forward,” said Assistant City Manager Mark Dunning. “Bob will be deeply missed and I have no doubt he will approach his retirement with as much gusto as he did his work here at City Hall. We all extend our best wishes as Bob embarks on this new chapter in his life.”

A farewell reception will be held March 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hall in the Howard Conference Room. Friends, coworkers and well-wishers are invited to attend.