Bill No. 7302, sponsored by Ward 2 council members Tom “Duke” Herweck and Lisa Thompson, would authorize rezoning of 7.07 acres of undeveloped land at Hwy. K and Route 364 to enable the construction of a 99-unit apartment development. The development also would include two 27-unit buildings, three 15-unit buildings, plus a clubhouse and a pool. The development would be named “Highway K Apartments.”
The bill has recently been tabled again for an upcoming June meeting.
The land in question is adjacent to the existing Pheasant Point subdivision.
At its April 1 meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended denial of the rezoning request.
The second reading and vote for passage of the rezoning bill originally was scheduled for the April 8 council meeting, but at the request of the sponsors was tabled until the April 22 meeting. At that meeting, the bill was tabled until the May 13 meeting, this time at the request of the developer. At the May 13 meeting, again at the request of the developer, the bill was tabled once more until the June 10 council meeting.
The bill then appeared on the first draft agenda for the May 27 council meeting as being scheduled for a final public hearing and vote. However, the final agenda version published on May 27 said the public hearing and vote were tabled until June 10 at the request of the applicant.
City staff have clarified that the applicant is under no obligation to state a reason for the tabling.
Beginning in P&Z meetings and continuing in council meetings, residents of the adjacent Pheasant Pointe subdivision and other interested homeowners have strongly opposed this development via emails, citizen comments, and statements during public hearings.
Objections include the belief that the narrow land parcel is insufficient for such a large apartment complex, the intersection at Hwy. K would be too busy and dangerous, and the property values in Pheasant Pointe would decline.
The May 27 council meeting agenda materials included even more emails from residents opposing the rezoning and the development.
The meeting materials included a petition with more than 200 hand-signed names in opposition to the bill, plus several individual emails expressing opposition.
In addition, a list of names provided by Denise Whitney had nearly 1,100 names listed as opposed to the bill. However, while about 660 names were from O’Fallon, about 440 were from people in cities outside of O’Fallon. Those other cities included Dardenne Prairie, Weldon Spring, St. Peters, St. Charles, Lake Saint Louis and. Cottleville. Signatures from outside St. Charles County included Ballwin, Chesterfield, Wright City, New Mexico, Alabama, Chicago, North Carolina, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, New York and other locations.
Highway K Apartments would be developed by ILI Communities. They previously developed the Altair brand, including Altair at the Preserve on Phoenix Parkway in Winghaven, and Altair at the Heights in Richmond Heights.