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Dardenne Prairie officials see no compelling reason to downsize homes

The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen talked about but stopped short of changing the city code to lower the square footage of one-story, single family homes.

Mayor David Zucker said a developer approached the city asking if the board would consider changing the square-footage requirements for small homes or changing how it calculates square footage to include finished basements.

The city code now requires a minimum of 1,600 square feet for single-family houses. Mayor David Zucker said he and the board discussed the idea of reducing the minimum to something in the range of 1,300 to 1,400 square feet range at its May 16 meeting.

Zucker said the idea for reducing square footage is based on a claim that homebuyers are looking for smaller spaces to maintain. Conversations were held with the city’s planning and zoning commission and the board “just to chew on it,” he said.

The board did not take a vote because the consensus was that aldermen were not interested in reducing the minimum size of one-story, single-family homes.  “There is no enthusiasm at all for authorizing a smaller house,” Zucker said.

He added that he and the board would continue to listen to input from city residents and home builders but “so far there has been no compelling argument to downsize homes in Dardenne Prairie.”


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