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P&Z to discuss proposed high density housing near The Falls in O’Fallon

By: John Tremmel


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Missouri National Golf Links LP has requested that the city of O’Fallon rezone its land, located at 1301 Crooked Stick Drive and currently a golf facility, to enable the building of high-density rental housing.

The land is situated on the south side of Mexico Road, directly across from Fort Zumwalt West High. The Falls Recreation Center currently occupies the 23.28-acre site and includes a lighted golf driving range, putting practice green, lighted miniature golf course, a small pro shop building and a parking lot. On weekdays during the school year, high school students with parking permits use the recreation center’s lot as overflow parking.

Missouri National has requested rezoning of the land from C-2/General Business District PUD/Planned Unit Development to R-3/Garden Apartment and Condo District PUD/Planned Unit Development.  The company also has submitted an area plan for a proposed residential development to be named “Fairways at Turtle Creek.”

The new development would have 182 residential rental units.  Twenty-four of those units would be attached single-family villas; 68 units would be one-story single-family homes; and 90 units would be two-story single-family homes. Density would be 8.02 residential units per acre. The development would include a clubhouse, swimming pool, jogging trail, “Tot Lot” and “Pet Park” along with open space common ground and picnic areas.

Master plan submitted to the city of O'Fallon for the proposed Fairways at Turtle Creek high-density housing development [City of O'Fallon image]

Master plan submitted to the city of O’Fallon for the proposed Fairways at Turtle Creek high-density housing development  [City of O’Fallon image]

The O’Fallon Planning and Zoning Commission [P&Z] has this request on its meeting agenda for Thursday, July 18. P&Z meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall, 100 North Main Street.  The City Council could have this rezoning request and area plan on its agenda in August.

Per the published agenda packet materials for the meeting, city staff has recommended that P&Z forward a recommendation of denial to the city council for the rezoning and the area plan. Reasons for its denial include concerns about using viable commercial retail/office property for residential development, reduced distances between proposed residential buildings creating fire risks, multiple design issues that do not comply with city code, internal traffic issues due to one-way alleys, lack of clearance between garages and alleyways, and differences between the area plan and the plan notes.

 

The Falls Recreation Center in O'Fallon

The Falls Recreation Center in O’Fallon

 

 

 

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