On April 23, the O’Fallon City Council approved construction of the controversial Fairways at Turtle Creek high-density development at 1301 Crooked Stick Drive, located along Mexico Road and across from Fort Zumwalt West High. The land currently contains a golf driving range, a mini-golf course and batting cages. The main residential development had been approved, but a small section was left undefined as commercial property.
At its Aug. 27 meeting, the council approved Bill No. 7214, sponsored by Ward 4 council members Jeff Kuehn and Jim Ottomeyer, for the final plan for the development. Approval was by a vote of 6-4. The four votes against the measure were from Ward 2 council members Debbie Cook and Katie Gatewood, and Ward 5 council members Lisa Thompson and Tom “Duke” Herweck.
The council also was to vote for the passage of Bill No. 7215 for the area plan for the small section to include a clubhouse and pool area. This bill also was sponsored by Kuehn and Ottomeyer.
After several concerns were expressed by other council members regarding the pool size and location, Kuehn moved to table that bill until he heard back from Ed Schultz, co-owner of the property, regarding final plans for the pool. The council then voted 6-4 to table the bill until information from Schultz is available.
The tabled area plan describes a private clubhouse to serve only the residents of the adjacent Fairways at Turtle Creek development. It would include a 30-by-70 foot clubhouse and fitness center building with 594.5 square feet on the first floor, 584.5 square feet in the basement, and a sundeck. The proposed swimming pool would be constructed at the back of the building.
Amenities also would include a children’s play area, an outdoor exercise area, a picnic area with shade, an open lawn meeting area, an enclosed bus stop and appropriate landscaping throughout.
Access would be from Mexico Road and from private streets within the residential development.