The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen has approved a controversial rezoning of 19 acres that will allow construction of 20 single-family homes near Peruque Creek – a decision that some residents say may prompt a legal challenge.
The board approved the rezoning by a 4-1 vote at its April 20 meeting with Alderman Gary Torlina (Ward 1) casting the lone no vote. Alderman Tony Zito (Ward 1) was absent.
The rezoning application sought a change from non-urban zoning to single-family residential on the 19 acres that would allow the building of 20 homes with a minimum lot size of 15,000 square feet. The property is located at the end of Silver Fern Court in the Villas of Crimson Oaks subdivision. It’s also east of Duello Road, west of Hwy. 40-61 and south of Prospect Road, near the Oak Bluff Preserve subdivision.
A decision on the rezoning had been pending since the Jan. 20 board meeting when about a dozen residents voiced concerns about the new homes increasing runoff, increasing flooding, and adding to debris and silt, which flows into the community’s more than 600-acre main lake.
Jeffrey M. Igou, an attorney representing Jeremy Malensky with Dutchman Homes LLC, who is seeking the rezoning, told the board that the rezoning was “in the best interest of the city of Lake Saint Louis and its residents.” The rezoning, he said, also is consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan.
Igou also repeated what he said in an April 6 letter – that his client’s property is not encumbered by a former licensing agreement for the Oak Bluff Preserve and not subject to its restrictions. He said the property wasn’t part of any platted lot in Oak Bluff Preserve, and may have specifically been left out.
However, some residents remained skeptical. Dennis Zimmer, an Oak Bluff Preserve resident, again told the board on April 20 that the tract was part of the original plat for Oak Bluff Preserve subdivision and subject to a licensing agreement signed in 1978.
Zimmer said the licensing agreement was applicable to the entire 226-acre subdivision and other rezoning attempts have failed because of the agreement. He said he found it ironic that he may be fighting the city about enforcing property rates set out in an agreement that allowed the property to be annexed by the city.
After the meeting Zimmer said that at least one resident was considering legal action against the development proposal.