Reports & Publications

Historic Photo
Gardner’s Cafe, Market and Third Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 1930s. Copyright: Lee’s Summit Historical Society


The following reports can be viewed and downloaded by following the links.

Recent Certified Local Government (CLG) Annual Reports:

Older reports are available upon request. Please contact staff liaison (816) 969-1600.

Old Lee’s Summit Development Master Plan (Lee’s Summit Downtown Master Plan) –   This plan prepared by EDAW in association with HWA, Canyon research Southwest and TranSystems, was adopted by the Planning Commission in February 2004. The planning area outlined in this document includes all land areas bounded by Chipman Road, M-291 and US 40 Highway with a focus on the Downtown Core.

Cultural Resources Survey – The Cultural Resources Survey is a preliminary identification of all historically and/or architecturally significant sites, objects, buildings, structures, or districts within the Twentieth Century Subdivisions and Southeast of 3rd Street survey areas.   The identification process also included identifying of each resource’s history and significance, architectural style or design, period, architect, builder, constructions types, etc., if known.  The survey also verified the integrity for all previously surveyed properties, evaluated and identified properties and districts that appear to be potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and the Lee’s Summit Register of Historic Places, and made recommendations for future preservation of identified cultural resources in Lee’s Summit.

Historic Preservation Plan – The Lee’s Summit Historic Preservation Plan provides the City with a dynamic, multi-dimensional, and comprehensive preservation model adapted to the particular needs and conditions found in the City. It is designed to be a component of the City’s comprehensive plan, integrating historic preservation fully into the City’s mainstream planning and land use activities. It provides direction for creating opportunities to develop – through preservation activities – vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods and commercial centers. To accomplish this, the plan broadly focuses on the City’s “historic resources,” including not only its buildings, but also its cultural landscapes, rural farmsteads, and prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. These are the assets that define Lee’s Summit — providing its unique physical and cultural character.

Downtown Core Area Design Guidelines for Historic Commercial Properties – The purpose of the Downtown design guidelines is to protect, enhance and perpetuate the buildings, structures or land improvements and districts that represent or reflect elements of the City’s cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history.

Downtown Core Area Design Guidelines for the entire Historic Downtown – This is the entire Design Guidelines manual.  It includes the guidelines for historic commercial and residential properties.


Historic Preservation Brochures: These brochures are intended to provide information about historic preservation opportunities, policies, and procedures.  If you have any questions regarding these brochures feel free to contact the historic preservation liaision in the Planning and Development Department (contact information is at the bottom of the page.)

Historic Preservation – FAQ
HPC and Planning
National Register Brochure – FAQ
Lee’s Summit Historic Property Register
Benefits of Historic Districts
Benefits of Historic Districts
HPC Work Program