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County Council approval clears way for storage facility despite opposition

The St. Charles County Council has approved rezoning and conditional use permit that will allow a U-Haul self-storage, truck rentals and sales facility near Interstate 64 that had been opposed by some nearby residents and the city of Lake Saint Louis.

The council agreed at its May 9 meeting to approve the rezoning to general commercial district and the conditional use permit after hearing a revision to plans for a three-story building. They also heard that the storage facility may be appropriate for the property.

The 3.6-acre site is on the north side of the South Outer Road of I-64 and the south side of Hawk Ridge Trail at I-64. The property is already zoned general commercial; however, the zoning change would be from the existing general commercial adding a conditional use permit to allow the U-Haul facility. The owners are Gerald and Glennon Keeven.

The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen approved a resolution opposing the rezoning application and filed a remonstrance, which required at least five of the county council’s seven members to vote in favor to approve it.

In a letter to the county, Lake Saint Louis City Administrator Paul Markworth said the I-64 corridor in the area in question has been designated as a high technology corridor in by the county since 1994. “A more appropriate used of the property in our view is for this to be zoned for office and or retail that serves the area office workers,” Markworth’s letter states.

Residents of the nearby Springhurst Terrace Condominiums in O’Fallon also opposed the application when it came before the St. Charles County Planning and Zoning Commission in March.

County Councilman Joe Brazil [District 2] said at the May 9 meeting that indications are that it is not clear that the property is within the high technology corridor.

Robert Myers, the county’s director of planning and zoning, told commissioners that the county’s master plan changed in 2008 that didn’t include as many areas as part of a high-tech corridor along I-64.

Myers said a residential zoning for the area may not appropriate like nearby property because of its proximity to a noisy I-64 and an island between the service road and interstate. The planning and zoning commission recommended approval of the rezoning and conditional use permit.

The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen agreed earlier this month not to take a position on this issue.

Councilman David Hammond [District 4] said U-Haul officials came back to the county with a nicer looking building than the metal building they originally submitted. Councilman Joe Cronin [District 1] noted that this was a pretty high tech storage facility and high technology businesses use facilities like this for storage.

The board voted 6-1 in favor of the rezoning with Brazil casting the lone no vote.

“Good luck to you folks, make it pretty,” Cronin said told the Keevens.

 

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