“We know development is coming,” McKay said. “It’s just a matter of when, what type and what amount. They are going to allow development to take place when their time frame is met.”
Lee’s Summit is a city located within the counties of Jackson and Cass in the state of Missouri. As of the 2018 census its population was about 98,461.
Lee’s Summit, MO and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are discussing what to do with 6.55 square miles the church owns within city limits.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns two properties — a 1,100-acre northern tract and a 3,100-acre southern one — in Lee’s Summit, MO. It has partnered with the city to develop them.
According to one local MO land developer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns more than 8,000 acres of land in Lee’s Summit making it one of the largest absentee landowners.
“No one seems to know the long-term plans of the church regarding this land,” Kenney said. “However, it is clear that if some or all of it is released to the public, it will greatly stimulate the local economy and provide opportunities for growth of every sort.”
City officials agreed.
“We don’t see any negatives about the church’s investments, other than when any large institution owns ground, they are not under the gun to develop it,” said Bob McKay, director of planning and development for Lee’s Summit. “A real advantage for the city is being able to work with just one owner to develop a master plan.”
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