On April 23, 2020, the O’Fallon City Council had approved the construction of Fairways at Turtle Creek, a controversial high-density development at 1301 Crooked Stick Drive, along Mexico Road and across from Fort Zumwalt West High.
At its Sept. 24 meeting, the council approved Bill No. 7231 by a vote of 7-3, with council members Lisa Thompson [Ward 2], Debbie Cook [Ward 5] and Katie Gatewood [Ward 5] voting no. Sponsored by Ward 4 council members Jeff Kuehn and Dr. Jim Ottomeyer, the bill rezones a two-acre portion of the land at 1301 Crooked Stick Drive from C-2/PUD General Business District to R-3/PUD Garden Apartment and Condo District.
This rezoning allows the owner and developer to construct a clubhouse and pool recreation area without the need for a special use permit. The clubhouse and pool will be for exclusive use by residents of the Fairways at Turtle Creek development.
Following the passage of Bill No. 7231, the council approved Bill No. 7215 by a vote of 6-4, with council members Thompson, Cook, Gatewood, and Tom “Duke” Herweck [Ward 2] voting no.
Sponsored by Kuehn and Ottomeyer, the bill approves the area plan for the clubhouse and pool. Prior to the vote, Cook had voiced concern that the pool would not be large enough to accommodate the residents, even though it was enlarged from the original design to add five feet at each end.
Passage of these two bills on Sept. 24 presumably ends the four-year journey of Missouri National Golf Links, LP, led by Ed Schultz, for city approval to develop the land into something generating more revenue than the existing golf driving range and batting cages.
Mid Rivers Newsmagazine published detailed stories about the original development approval on April 24, the clubhouse proposal on Aug. 28, and the rezoning proposal on Sept. 15.