Nick Pappas, AICP

Nick Pappas, AICP

Community Development Professional

location_on Kansas City, Missouri Area

Community Development Director at City of Gladstone

Sole Proprietor/Owner at Nick Pappas Consulting

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Level: LEVEL 02 (12mo pts: 20 pts)

Rating: 5.00/5 stars (22 ratings)

Lifetime points: 210 pts View details

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Hello! I am a community development professional and I love what I do! I enjoy helping communities create active and sustainable environments that are conducive to the "live, work, and play"​ concept that planners so often strive to develop. I believe each community is unique and must capitalize on its own particular strengths in this increasingly global economy.

That being said, I also know that the problems and issues that many jurisdictions face must be met with a comprehensive view that relies on local solutions. I believe in a fair and holistic planning process that takes into account the views of stakeholders that aren't always at the forefront of thought. I believe that unbelievable greatness is possible through effective planning, but that without planning... we only plan to fail in the long run.


Community Development Director

City of Gladstone

November 2016 - Present

I manage a group of 8 professionals - my extraordinary team of everyday heroes - including a building official, two building inspectors, two neighborhood specialists, an administrative assistant, and a permit technician as well as an occasional planning intern. We are a committed group of people who each bring extensive experiences, perspectives, and personalities to the table of a population nearing 27,000 people. Developers know when they are working in Gladstone because we deliver individualized and outstanding service in a timely, transparent, fair, and friendly manner - service that is second to none!

We are heavily involved in multiple community development processes and wear many "hats" as a department. Recent efforts have focused on downtown revitalization and expansion, neighborhood preservation, corridor enhancement, maintaining our gold status as a Community for All Ages, and continually implementing novel approaches to code enforcement, zoning regulation, and community planning. We strive to be at the forefront of innovative thought in the Kansas City region (and dare I say the nation!), and refuse to relax as we continue to inspire one more smile in a place where people are "glad" to live, work, and play!

Sole Proprietor/Owner

Nick Pappas Consulting

May 2014 - Present

Worked with several clients worldwide in addressing planning, zoning, surveying, and community development needs. Provided on-call planning services as well as comprehensive planning with significant public engagement initiatives. Involved in the development of comprehensive plans, park master plans, park assessments, annexation plans, platting, and mapping initiatives.

Notable projects include: assisting in the drafting of an affordable housing plan for the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico; assisting the State of New Mexico and the Northwest New Mexico Regional Council of Governments with the State's Long Range 2040 Transportation Plan; drafting an entirely new comprehensive plan for the City of Moberly, Missouri; and assisting the Tukuh Tribe of North America in surveying United States Federal properties worldwide. Also involved in the drafting and ongoing administration of several state and federal grant projects.


Community Development 5
Writing 5
Geographic Information Science
Grant Administration
Public Speaking
Urban Planning
Public Relations
Transportation Planning
Land Development
Environmental Compliance
Survey Design
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Historic Preservation
Team Facilitation
Consensus Building
Professional Writing
Technical Writing
Multi Tasking
Statistical Data Analysis
Information Mapping
Transit-oriented Development
Cultural Awareness
Economic Development
Urban Redevelopment
Land Use
Land Use Planning
Comprehensive Planning
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Public Policy
Project Planning
Community Engagement
Local Government