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Planning and zoning commission recommends denial of trash transfer station near Family Arena

A proposed solid waste transfer site near the Family Arena failed to get the endorsement of the St. Charles County Planning and Zoning Commission, which recommended denial of a conditional use permit needed for it to operate.

The commission voted 9 against with one abstention against the conditional use permit at their Nov. 15 meeting. The commission’s recommendation now goes to the County Council, which could make a final decision on the conditional use permit at their Dec. 4 meeting.

The commission’s denial recommendation means that five of seven County Council members would have to vote in favor of the permit to approve it rather than a simple majority.

The transfer station would be located on 8.07 acres of along Arena Parkway and South River Road, south of Friedens Road, near the Family Arena and the Katy Trail. Metro Fill Development filed the permit request. The station would be permitted as a conditional use under the present zoning for the site

The station also would be within 550 feet from townhouses along Montclair Tower Drive on a bluff above the station location. Other nearby residential developments include the new River Crossing Apartment complex across Friedens Road from the site.

They and other nearby residents attended the commission meeting with requesting the commission vote to deny the permit.  The county Community Development Department received at least 25 letters and emails opposing the permit.

Metro Fill Development’s proposal’s states that the station would be site where trash would be consolidated in a building where trash trucks would transferred collected residential and commercial waste to a larger semi-tractor trailer for hauling to a landfill.

The station would also require approval from the county Public Health Department and Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  Two transfer stations are operated in St. Charles County – in O’Fallon and St. Peters.

Metro Development operates a “clean fill landfill” near the site that accepts “inert and clean materials” as fill including concrete, asphalt, rock, sand, cinder-blocks, brick, clay and uncontaminated soil.

Residents voiced a number of concerns about the proposed station including odor from the transfer waste, its impact on property values, traffic safety because 120 trash trucks and 40-tractor trailers might use the station, noise, public health issues, and the impact on future development in the area.  A traffic study submitted by Metro Fill Development the public roadway were sufficient to handle additional traffic.

Community Development staff also discussed these issues in their staff recommendation to the commission recommending denial. The Arena Parkway—South River Road corridor connects with attractions such as the Streets of St. Charles, Bangert Island County Park, the Family Arena, the Katy Trail and proposed mixed use employment at Route 364 near the Arena Parkway.

The staff recommendation notes the proposed would be “detrimental to the general welfare in the immediate vicinity due to anticipated land use conflicts with residential uses.” The staff recommendation also states the station would “injure the use and enjoyment of residential and public open space” and would impede development on the South River Road – Arena Parkway corridor.

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