Friends & Neighbors,
My last report was dated 9/12 so we have 4 meetings to cover today.
P&Z on 9/14: New P&Z Commissioner Glenn Rowley (a retired AF pilot and Boeing Attorney) was welcomed. We conducted a public hearing to consider whether to change the zoning classification of the Dardenne Prairie Town Square Shopping Center and property along Highway N and Technology across from Town Square from “Uptown Zoning District” (UZD) General Commercial C-2 or some variant of C-2. The strict building code and architectural standards of the UZD have discouraged any growth of the City’s commercial district for the past 9 years. In fact, the only construction to take place in the UZD have been the St. William Apartments and City Hall. We started to examine the usefulness of the UZD in the summer of 2015. No one came out in favor of keeping it. The question arose, “To what zone do we change UZD?” This year we are examining the UZD in segments to answer the question, what comes next? For the Town Square area, we are looking to encourage development of retail businesses that would complement the existing shopping center and help draw people to Dardenne Prairie. P&Z decided to study a revision of C-2 Commercial uses leading to a C-3 district that has fewer non-retail types of businesses.
BOA on 9/21: The Board approved a new contract with St. Charles County for maintenance of our City Streets, including snow plowing. In 2017 we will tackle street repairs by a combination of work orders placed under the County contract and construction contracts awarded by the City. More on this subject below when I discuss the 2017 Budget. The Board hear from citizens concerned about traffic at the intersection of Barathaven Blvd. and Riparian Dr. Drivers stopped on Riparian wanting to turn left on Barathaven can’t see on-coming traffic because the sight line is blocked by a fence and a monument sign. Some residents wanted a 3 way stop sign. Others discussed the removal of the monument sign and backyard fence. The City will dig into this issue. The Board approved the property tax levy for 2016 at 11.25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the lowest city tax in St. Charles County (except Weldon Spring which has no city property tax). The rate is the same as last year. The Board passed a resolution requesting the County Council to delay its decision to grant a conditional use permit for construction of a short term rehabilitation facility on property in un-incorporated St. Charles County, on Highway N next to the Canvas Cove subdivision. Residents of Canvas Cove wanted to persuade the developer to revise its plan to lessen the potential impact on the neighborhood. As it turns out the developer did indicate a willingness to make changes so that only on entrance to its facility would come from Monet Drive. County Council approved the application. There is, however, some question as to whether the access from Monet Drive is controlled by the City or the County. I have directed the City Attorney and City Engineer to present evidence to the Board to answer the question decisively.
BOA on 10/5: The Board approved a small change to the Trail repair and relocation contract that was awarded last year but delayed by weather. The work is finally at an end! Citizens from the Tysons Corner neighborhood came to tell the Board of problems caused by a 3 way stop at the intersection of Bates, McCluer and Henning Rd. Problems include rolling stops, rapid and noisy acceleration away from the stop sign and speeding. Unfortunately, none of the residents from Barathaven (who attended the 9/21 meeting) were there to hear about the consequences of installing a 3 way stop. The Board also held a public hearing regarding the proposed rezoning of Town Square and vicinity from UZD to some version of Commercial zoning. Property owners in the UZD requested a change to commercial zoning.
P&Z on 10/12: We held a public hearing concerning possible rezoning of property on Feise Rd from Pinnacle Point west to Dardenne Landing. It is part of the Uptown Zoning District intended for high density residential and multi-story buildings for shops, offices, and apartments. Many residents came to the meeting to voice support for rezoning property for residential development. The final decision is up to the Board of Aldermen, probably in November or December.
Fall youth baseball and softball season has concluded. Cricket is being played at the Dardenne Ball Fields, pending completion of the cricket pitch at the Dardenne Greenway (Barathaven) Park. Next weekend is the last scheduled round of cricket on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come check it out!!
We are in the midst of planning the City’s budget for 2017. If you have some project for streets, sidewalks or other public improvements please contact your Aldermen. We have more streets in need of repair than money to perform the work so we must prioritize. We will develop a draft budget which will be posted on our website in November. Adoption of the final budget is scheduled for December 7.
Finally, let not your hearts be troubled; only 122 more days until pitchers and catcher report to spring training.
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO