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Developers seek to amend housing development proposal near Missouri Bluffs Golf Course

Aerial view of Missouri Bluffs development area

The developers of a proposed housing development on about 400-acres just south of the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club are seeking to revise the development plans that are currently before the St. Charles County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Brad Goss, an attorney for NT Homebuilders, LLC, one of the developers, told the St. Charles County Council at its Feb. 12 meeting that they plan to amend their rezoning request and development plan for the 396.72-acre tract that would allow the development of more than 300 homes and other multi-family units. Goss spoke during the public comment portion of the council meeting, saying he wanted the council to be aware of the developer’s plans.  The rezoning was not on the council’s meeting agenda.

The property has been zoned agricultural since 1959. The University of Missouri has owned the property as part of the Missouri Research Park, which it developed along Interstate 64.  The tract is near the village of Weldon Spring Heights and the city of Weldon Spring. The developers listed in the rezoning request are the Missouri Bluffs Golf Joint Venture and NT Home Builders, LLC.

Goss told the council that the developers want to amend the zoning request from an R3-B multi-family residential district to an R1-A planned unit development overlay classification that will limit multi-family dwelling units. He said no apartments are allowed under the R1-A classification. The number of multi-family condominiums and villas also may be cut in half, he said.

Gross noted that the county allows developers to amend their proposals either when the planning and zoning commission submits its recommendations to the council or when the commission considers the proposal, in this case at its Feb. 21 meeting.  The commission makes recommendations on rezoning proposals to the council, which makes the final decision on them.

In addition, Goss said the developer wants to officially exclude Spur Trail from the development plan. Spur Trail is located on about 10-acres in the western part of the tract that leads to the Katy Trail. It was included in the legal description of the property owned by the University of Missouri that was submitted to the county but is not part of the development plan.

“It was never our intention to include that property as part of our plan,” Goss said.

The original proposed development plan for the property calls for 315 single-family homes on about 200 acres of property and 12 attached housing units near the golf course clubhouse.  The property is bounded by the Katy Trail to the south and the Missouri River.

The county planning staff recommended approval of the earlier zoning request that is on the agenda for the commission’s Feb. 21 meeting but suggested that improvements may have to be made to the intersection of Research Park Drive and Research Park Circle because of increased traffic. However, the development has run into opposition from nearby residents at hearings before the commission, many of whom worry about the development’s impact on the forested hilly property that borders the Katy Trail and whether apartments would be part of the development. The rezoning request was continued and not acted on in December and January by the commission.

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