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P&Z says ‘no’ to Missouri Bluffs subdivision

The fate of a proposed subdivision on the bluffs of the Missouri Rivers is in the hands of the St. Charles County Council once again.

On Wednesday, July 17, the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission rejected Developer Greg Whittaker’s latest rendition of plans for the proposed subdivision on land now owned by the University of Missouri and that abuts the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club. As proposed, the development would consist of 161 single-family homes and up to 60 multi-family units.

This was not the first time Whittaker’s NT Builders LLC has come before the commission. In March 2018, the commission forwarded a negative recommendation to the St. Charles County Council. The council delayed voting twice – to allow the developer to address concerns from local environmental groups and residents – but ultimately overrode the commission’s decision in June 2018 by a 5-1 vote and approved the development concept plan and area rezoning.

With the council’s approval, the development went back before P&Z on July 17 for a recommendation on its layout and lot design plan. By a vote of 5-2, P&Z rejected those proposals. Their negative recommendation will be forwarded to the county council, which will review the plans for itself on Aug 12. Five of the council’s seven members will have to approve the project in order for it to pass.

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