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Council expected to vote on Bluffs housing proposal at June 25 meeting

By: Brian Flinchpaugh


The St. Charles County Council is expected to vote at its June 25 meeting on a revised proposal to develop residential homes on land near the Missouri Bluffs golf course.

The council announced at its June 11 meeting that it was expected to vote on the controversial proposal, giving notice as it said it would.

Aerial view of Missouri Bluffs development area

At its May 21 meeting, the council agreed to table the Bluffs proposal but approved a motion stating that it would announce when a vote would take place at the council meeting before that vote is scheduled to occur.

Council members said tabling the proposal would allow the county and developer Greg Whittaker more time to revise the plan to make it more acceptable to residents and environmental groups.

Several councilmembers involved in recent discussions about the plan say it now is better.

“[The developers] did make some revisions and hopefully the council the council will like the changes made,” said Councilman Joe Brazil [District 2].

The developers are expected to forward the revised site plan to the county’s community development department, which will review the plan and send it on to the council for a final decision. Five of the seven councilmembers have to vote in favor of the plan in order for it to be approved.

“It’s quite different, very different, and the people concerned about the trees and Katy Trail should be extremely happy,” Brazil said.

Councilman Joe Cronin [District 1] also involved in discussions with the developers, said local communities such as Weldon Spring and Weldon Spring Heights that had concerns about the old plan should see the changes.

“It’s a significantly better plan, fewer homes, more green space a lot of thought went into it, a lot of care,” Cronin said.

The bill involves a rezoning application for a largely-tree covered 386.52-acre tract south of the Missouri Research Park, west of I-64 and north of the Missouri River to R1-A planned unit development.  The PUD designation includes a detailed site plan for the property.

The multi-phased development began with a proposed 315 single-family and 120 multi-family units.  Those numbers have changed over the months and may change again.

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, which owns the ground, has indicated they would sell the property to the developers with the approval of an acceptable zoning and concept plan.

But the council delayed votes at its April 30 and May 21 meetings. The county’s planning and zoning commission voted 8-1 in March to recommend denial of the Whittaker plan. Commissioners said it was a good potential development but inappropriate for the site.

 

 

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