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County planning and zoning commission recommends permit for rehabilitation facility near Dardenne Prairie

A proposed rehabilitation facility on an unincorporated tract nearly surrounded by the city of Dardenne Prairie moved a step closer to reality when it came before the St. Charles County Planning and Zoning Commission.

The commission voted 9-0 at its Aug. 17 meeting to recommend granting a conditional use permit allowing the rehabilitation facility on a 5.68-acre tract along Highway N and its corner of Monet Drive.

The recommendation goes to the County Council at its Sept. 12 meeting for a final decision. The property is zoned single-family one-acre minimum lot size by the county.

The facility would primarily serve elderly patients in need of short-term physical therapy. Matt Fogarty, with Premier Civil Engineering, said the one-story, 38-bed facility would cater to patients using it for two to three weeks. The property owner is HFS Revocable Trust.

The commission took the action despite questions and concerns raised by about a dozen residents who primarily live north of the site in the Canvas Cove subdivision.

Residents said they were worried about traffic issues and the safety of their children who travel on school buses, devaluation of their property, concerns about it abutting a residential area and whether site development may contribute to standing water and flooding issues in the area.

Fogarty said a retention basin and other elevation work may help alleviate some are flooding problems and plans are to retain or plant trees to buffer the development.

The county’s planning staff recommended approval saving being located along Highway N with access from Monet Drive would have minimal traffic impact on the subdivision and will be buffered from residents by a creek.

But a Dardenne Prairie official at the meeting said the city only just heard about the proposal, and asked the permit request be continued, which the commission rejected. County planning officials said the city would have input in reviewing the detailed site plan for the project.

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