After four years of plans, changed plans, hearings and debates, the Fairways at Turtle Creek development has received approval for its final piece.
At its March 25 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council voted 7-2 to approve the final plan for the clubhouse, fitness center and pool.
The bill (No. 7290) was sponsored by Ward 4 council members Dr. Jim Ottomeyer and Jeff Kuehn. Council members Debbie Cook (Ward 4) and Tom “Duke” Herweck (Ward 2) voted “no.” Earlier in the meeting, council member Katie Gatewood (Ward 5) had recused herself from the rest of the meeting.
During Citizen Comments, one resident spoke in opposition to the bill.
“This has been going on for four years,” Michael Hausner said. “I have opposed it since the beginning, I still am against it and the clubhouse, and as ‘the last man standing’ at least I know I fought it to the end.”
Just prior to the vote, Cook said she still believes overall the development is a bad plan, and still was not comfortable with the piecemeal approval of the various parts of it.
The high-density development will be at 1301 Crooked Stick Drive, along Mexico Road and across from Fort Zumwalt West High.
The owner and developer said it will continue working with city staff on the detailed construction plans and building permits needed to begin the actual construction of the entire development, with construction expected to begin this spring.
Barring any surprises, this approval 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.