The St. Peters Board of Aldermen has approved a rezoning for a property near Mexico Road and Mid Rivers Mall Drive that allows for a rare thing these days – more single-family homes in St. Peters.
The board voted 7-1 at its Sept. 27 meeting to approve a rezoning request from general commercial and planned united development to a residential zoning with an amended planned urban development [PUD] designation for a 13.9-acre tract on the west side of Mid Rivers Mall Drive and south of Mexico Road. Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth [Ward 2] cast the lone no vote.
Matt Siegel, with Payne Family Homes, said the change would allow Payne to develop 57 single-family homes instead of the 29 approved earlier. Plans for the subdivision, to be known as Village Point, had been approved by aldermen earlier this year.
Siegel said that Payne was approached by the property owner to expand the residential use and scope of the development. The original plans indicated more commercial development and less residential. Landscaping and grass cutting will be handled by the complex and not by individual homeowners.
Julie Powers, the city’s director of planning, community and economic development, said the development means that property owners can leave their home for some time and expect all of their landscaping done and kept up while they are gone. Siegel said the development is meant to attract “empty-nesters.” He noted that the development was conceived with the idea that it would provide easy access to restaurants and stores. Even though the ranch-style homes planned feature two-car garages, Siegel said he could foresee residents opting for retaining just one vehicle.
The change to more residential housing added to five acres to the plan and eliminated access to Mexico Road. The development will be served by an existing exit off Mid Rivers Mall Drive, which leads into the Schnucks Market at the Mexico Road-Mid Rivers Mall Drive intersection. A road network will be developed within the new subdivision.
St. Peters was once a leader in single-family housing development, but available land for new housing is largely gone. Instead, city officials have seen an increase in apartment development in the city.
According to monthly housing statistics gathered by the St. Charles County Community Development Department, which include the county’s major municipalities and its unincorporated area, 39 single-family housing permits were issued through August 2018 and 538 multi-family permits for apartments, condominiums and villas were issued for the same period.
Powers said all three of the housing developments in the city currently using single-family housing permits are being developed by Payne Family Homes. However, the number of single-family permits is not high. Land that is available may be the result of some property owners selling off land they have held for some time.
Powers said the attractiveness of apartments also might be due to good highway access for young workers working at companies such as BJC Healthcare and the new Amazon center planned for Premier 70 Business Park nearby.