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Vote on Missouri Bluffs development delayed again

Aerial view of Missouri Bluffs development area

On May 21, the St. Charles County Council agreed to another delay of a final vote on a proposed subdivision in the heavily forested area near the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club near Interstate 64.

Councilmembers said the delay may allow county officials to work with developer Greg Whittaker to further revise the subdivision plan toward something more palatable to nearby residents and environmental groups who have vehemently opposed it.

The multi-phased development began with a proposed 315 single-family and 120 multi-family units.  However, those numbers have changed over the past several months.

The changes came when the developers – Missouri Bluffs Golf Ventures and NT Home Builders, headed by Whittaker – ran into vehement opposition from nearby residents and environmental groups worried about the impact of the development on the Katy Trail.

The University of Missouri owns the land and has indicated it would sell the property to the developers with the approval of an acceptable zoning and concept plan. Meanwhile, while the council postpones, the county’s planning and zoning commission did vote [8-1 in March] to recommend denial of the concept plan, saying it was a good potential development but inappropriate for the site. Because of the commission’s vote, five of seven councilmembers have to vote to approve the plan for it to be approved.

Councilmember Joe Cronin [District 1] said he would like to postpone any decision until he attends a University of  Missouri Board of Curators meeting June 21-22 in Columbia.

“I think there is a possibility that we can have our cake and eat it, too,” Cronin said. “And maybe we can make everybody happy. I don’t want to see a situation where you have winners and losers.”

The council voted to table the bill again and approved a motion stating that it would announce the vote on the Whittaker proposal at a council meeting before it is scheduled to happen to allow all interested parties to attend.

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