Shine a Light on City Government 05/19/2016

Friends & Neighbors,

The Board of Aldermen met in Workshop and Regular Sessions on May 18.  I think it was the most interesting meeting we have had since I became Mayor.

Over 100 adults and children attended to support a proposal to create one playing field for the sport of cricket.  The American Cricket Academy & Club of St. Louis, a non-profit group, headquartered in Dardenne Prairie, presented petitions and speakers to support the development of youth cricket in Dardenne Prairie.

The BOA voted 4 to 1 (with one Alderman absent) in favor of the proposal.  Accordingly, the City will enter an agreement to install a “cricket pitch” between two practice fields in Barathaven/Greenway Park.  A pitch is a hard surface (in this case, concrete) for the batter and pitcher (called a bowler).  The playing area where the fielders stand will cover most of the two adjacent practice fields.  In order to make room for the playing field the City will locate the soon to be restored walking trail to the southern edge of the park property.  The cost of the work to establish the pitch and playing field will be reimbursed to the City by the Cricket Academy & Club.  In exchange for the Club paying for the installation of a cricket playing area, the City will reserve the playing area (2 practice fields) on 31 days (Saturday & Sunday) between about April 1 to about the end of October for 8 hours each day.  The reservation fee will be waived for 3 years and a discounted reservation fee will be collected in years 4 & 5.  When practice and games begin (we hope by late June) the public is invited to come watch the kids learn to play cricket.

Later this year we hope to present some cricket matches for the public at the Dardenne baseball fields next to City Hall.  No dates have been reserved as yet.  For such exhibition games we would use a temporary turf mat instead of a concrete “pitch.”

The BOA approved the application for St. Charles County Road Board funds for two street projects: Hanley Rd. north of Feise and Weldon Spring Rd.  We won’t know the Road Board decision until at least August.

The BOA modified the City’s zoning code to permit the temporary sale of fireworks on ground along South Outer 364 on a vacant lot next to the Thoele’s Mobil Station.  Public hearings were held at the Planning & Zoning Commission last week and at the BOA last night.  No one spoke in opposition to the change though I did receive a couple of e-mails objecting to fireworks being sold in Dardenne Prairie.  Temporary fireworks stands have been permitted in Dardenne Prairie for decades.  Last night’s action adds one new location.

A public hearing was opened to hear citizens input regarding the Bopp’s  Area plan and the Walmart Neighborhood Market application for a conditional use permit for the NW corner of Bryan & Feise Roads.  These hearings have been held and continued to every meeting since March to allow plenty of opportunity for citizen input.  No citizen appeared to speak last night and the applicants requested the hearings be continued to June to allow more time to complete their final applications and drawings.

The BOA approved a modest change to the Area Plan for the Pinecrest Apartments on Stump road.

I announced that the City completed the refinancing of its $3.1 million debt on May 17, reducing the interest rate by about half and projected a savings of about $283,000 in interest expense over the next 12 years.

The City Hall Park Concession Stand is open for youth baseball and will be in full operation on Saturday May 21 for the first Concert in the Park, complete with food service, wine and beer.  As of May 25 the Stand will open at 11:00 AM for patrons of the City Park.

The next Board of Alderman meeting is scheduled for June 1 at 5:30 at City Hall.  Come see your City Government at work!

“Shine a Light on City Government”

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

 

 

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Shine Another Light on City Government – 05/10/2016

Friends & Neighbors,

Yesterday, I let you know about the public hearings on May 11 (P&Z) and 18  (BOA) to consider the Walmart conditional use permit application, area plan and final site plan.  I thought it would be a good idea to remind you ahead of time.

Today, Walmart requested the public hearings be delayed to June so that executives at corporate HQ could evaluate the latest design proposal (#7 on the City website) based on the design of the Bluffton, SC neighborhood Walmart.

Meanwhile, P&Z will handle a routine amendment to the area plan for Pinecrest Apartments on Stump Rd. on May 11 and on May 12 a request to allow sale of fireworks on land owned by the Thoelle family next to their Mobil station on south outer 364 east of Bryan Rd.

Channel 4 did a short interview about Walmart in Dardenne Prairie this morning which will probably air tomorrow.

“Shine a Light on City Government”

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

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Walmart PUD Request – Final Plan and Conditional Use Permit Application No. 971101 – BFA 4024

The applicant has formal requested that the Conditional Use and Final Plan public hearing and permit applications slated for tomorrow’s Planning and Zoning meeting, May 11th, as well as the Board of Alderman meetings scheduled for May 18th and June 1st, to be moved to next month’s meetings.

We will continue the public hearing before P&Z on the Walmart issues to June.

 

 

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Shine a Light on City Government 05/09/2016

Friends & Neighbors,

I usually report events after the fact.  Tonight I want to preview upcoming events.

The various applications for approval of the Walmart Neighborhood Market are scheduled for  public hearings before the Planning & Zoning Commission on May 11 and before the Board of Aldermen on May 18.  The applications have been under review by the City since February and Public Hearings have been held in the months of March and April.  I invite you to see the seven (7) different styles of architecture that have been proposed during that time.  Visit www.dardenneprairie.org. Click on the first article about the proposed Walmart to see what we are working with.  The City government has worked hard to encourage Walmart to build an attractive building rather than the standard industrial box.

On Wednesday, May 11 the P&Z will consider the application for a conditional use permit (CUP) to operate a grocery store, drive thru, and gas station.  The proposed grocery store would be about 46,000 sq. ft., somewhat larger than the store in St. Peters on Mid Rivers Drive.  It will have a bakery and deli and a pharmacy.  They propose to have a drive thru to pick up from the pharmacy.  Sometime after the store is in operation Walmart plans a set up so customers can order groceries on line, pull up to the drive thru area, and have grocery orders delivered right to their cars.  This feature is in the early stages of testing in several locations.  Walmart proposes a 24/7 operation to accommodate people who work evening and night shifts.

On Wednesday, May 18 the BOA will consider the proposed Area Plan/Planned Unit Development submitted by the Bopp Family for the entire 16 acres on the NW corner of Bryan & Feise.  The plan covers 5 lots, 2 of which would be purchased by Walmart for the grocery and gas station.  The BOA will also consider the CUP application from Walmart and the Walmart final site plan for its store and gas station.

The P&Z will hold a public hearing on May 12 to consider a change to zoning that would permit fireworks to be sold along South Outer 364 east of Bryan Road.  The request to change comes from the Thoelle family who own the Mobil Station and the vacant ground next to it.

The BOA will also consider the zoning change at its May 18 meeting after the hearing on the Walmart plan.

There will be other items on the BOA agenda for next week.  The agenda will be posted on the City website on Friday, May 13, preceding the May 18 BOA meeting.

The City has initiated a promotion of local businesses.  Go to the City website, www.dardennepraire.org to see the special offers.  There is a new coupon every week that you can download and print.  This week His & Hers BBQ offers a 15% discount during the week.  Check it out!

Come see you City Government at work on May 11, 12 & 18!

“Shine a Light on City Government”

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

 

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Proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at the NW corner of Bryan & Feise

Proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at the NW corner of Bryan & Feise

The original proposal from Wal-Mart over 2 months ago was the prototypical industrial style building.  The City was not receptive to that design.  Several revisions to the original design have been offered.  The most recent revision was presented at workshop on May 4.  We are anxiously awaiting Wal-Mart’s  response.  A drawing depicting the latest proposal will be on display at City Hall for public review.

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Notice of Public Comment Period-Con Plan Amendment

Notice of Public Comment Period

St. Charles County, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs

Consolidated Plan Amendment

Per 24 CFR 91, Subpart E-Consortia; Contents of a Consolidated Plan, as a member of the St. Louis HOME Consortium, the County of St. Charles, Missouri is required to be on the same program year as that of St. Louis County, the HOME Consortium lead. In FY2015, the County of St. Charles was in program year two of a three year period. This change will mean that in FY2016, the County of St. Charles will instead be in program year one to align with that of St. Louis County, instead of program year three.

24 CFR 91.400 Applicability. This subpart applies to HOME program consortia, as defined in 91.5 (see 24 CFR part 92). Units of local government that participate in a consortium must participate in submission of a consolidated plan for the consortium, prepared in accordance with this subpart. CDBG entitlement communities that are members of a consortium must provide additional information for the consolidated plan, as described in this subpart.

In accordance with 24 CFR 91.402 Consolidated program year. (a) Same program year for consortia members. All units of general local government that are members of a consortium must be on the same program year for CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA. The program year shall run for a twelve month period and begin on the first calendar day of a month.

In accordance with 91.401 Citizen Participation Plan, the consortium must have a citizen participation plan that complies with the requirements of 91.105. If the consortium contains one or more CDBG entitlement communities, the consortium’s citizen participation plan must provide for citizen participation within each CDBG entitlement community, either by the consortium or by the CDBG entitlement community, in a manner sufficient for the CDBG entitlement community to certify that it is following a citizen participation plan.

The County of St. Charles, through its Planning and Zoning Division Director, will hold a thirty-day (30) public comment period from Monday, May 2, 2016 until Tuesday, May 31, 2016 on this amendment as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Citizens are invited to submit written comments which will be accepted through the close of business on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 5:00 p.m. and should be directed to:

“Consolidated Plan Amendment Comments”

Department of Community Development

c/o Planning and Zoning Division Director

201N. Second Street, Suite 420

St. Charles, MO 63301

Email to rmyers@sccmo.org,

Phone: 636-949-7900 ext. 7225

Fax: 636-949-1815

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Shine a Light on City Government 05/04/2016

Friends & Neighbors,

The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen met in workshop and regular sessions tonight, May 4.

First, the best news:  The Board approved the refinancing of the City’s long term debt incurred in 2008 and 2009 to finance the building of City Hall, the City Park and related infrastructure.  The debt will be paid off at a lower rate of interest which will result in a savings over the next 12 years of $283,000.

The masonry wall on the west overlook at Barathaven Lake was washed away in the December flood of Dardenne Creek.  The lake and overlook are owned by Great Rivers Greenway (GRG) and managed by the City.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has informed GRG that FEMA will pay 75% of the cost to fix the overlook.  GRG will pay 25%.  A metal fence (in lieu of the masonry wall) will be installed.  The City will pay for some engineering and project inspection services in order to help get the repairs completed.  We consider it a safety issue that needs to be addressed and the City’s contribution will be modest.

The Board was briefed concerning the desire of the local cricket association to have playing surfaces installed between the soccer fields at Barathaven.  If this project goes forward it will be a joint effort of the City and the cricket association, with the costs of installing the cricket “pitches” borne by the association.  There are several issues that remain to be addressed.  A final decision needs to be made by May 18, the date of the next BOA meeting.

We had a lengthy discussion during the workshop meeting about the  Walmart Neighborhood Market at the NW corner of Bryan & Feise Roads.  The primary focus of tonight’s discussion was the architectural style of the propose market.   The original proposal from Walmart over 2 months ago was the prototypical industrial style building.  The City was not receptive to that design.  Several revisions to the original design have been offered.  The most recent revision was presented at workshop on May 4.  A drawing depicting the latest proposal will be on display at City Hall for public review.  It was a significant improvement over the original proposal.

The next public hearing on the Walmart proposal will be at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 PM.  That meeting will consider the application for approval of a Conditional Use Permit for operation of a grocery store and gas station on the property to be purchased by Walmart.

On Wednesday, May 18, there will be a public hearing before the Board of Aldermen to consider: (1) Approval of the Area Plan/Planned Unit Development for the 16 acres (five lots) at the corner of Bryan & Feise; (2) Approval of the Final Site plan for 2 of those 5 lots to be purchased by Walmart for a Neighborhood Grocery and Gas Station; and (3) the Conditional Use Permit for operation of the Walmart Neighborhood Grocery and gas station.

There will also be public hearings before P&Z on May 11 for amendments to the area plan for the Pine Crest Apartments being built on Stump Road and on May 12 to consider permitting the sale of fireworks on sites along South Outer 364 east of Bryan Road.

On May 18, the BOA will hold public hearings on : (1) the final approval of the Area Plan and Planned Unit Development of the 5 lots on 16 acres of the Bopp property at the NW corner of Bryan & Feise; (2) the Conditional Use Permit for operation of the Walmart Neighborhood Grocery and Gas Station on 2 of the 5 lots of the Bopp property;  (3) the final site plan for the building of the Walmart Neighborhood Grocery and Gas Station; (4) Final approval of the amendments to the area plan for Pine Crest Apartments; and (5) the proposed change to zoning to permit sale of fireworks on ground along South Outer 364 east of Bryan Road.

Dardenne Prairie residents will soon receive a post card in the mail listing the summer music and movies in City Park.  More details to follow.  Baseball and softball are underway at the Dardenne Athletic Fields next to City Hall.  We are working to develop a fall baseball league, summer soccer camps, and other activities.  I still want to see a chili cook-off in October.

Finally,  the City is teaming up with local businesses to offer special discount coupons which you can download from the City’s website at www.dardenneprairie.org. Take a look at our weekly offerings and take advantage of the savings by shopping at Dardenne Prairie businesses.

Come to City Hall to see what Walmart proposes to build in our City and come see your City Government at work at the next P&Z meetings on May 11 & 12 and the next BOA meeting on May 18.  P&Z starts at 7:00 PM.  BOA starts at 5:30

 

“Shine a Light on City Government”

DAVID C. ZUCKER

Mayor,

City of Dardenne Prairie, MO

636-755-5306

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Dardenne Prairie Special Offers & Promotions

Dardenne Prairie Special Offers & Promotions

Would you like the opportunity to save money while you shop? Well now you can.

The City of Dardenne Prairie has released a Special Offers & Promotions page for local businesses to advertise their coupons for shoppers to take advantage of. Coupons will typically run for one week unless otherwise noted.

To take advantage of these savings click the DP Special Offer logo below and follow it to the Special Offers & Promotions page and enjoy shopping.

If you are a business owner and  interested in posting to the site, please follow this link for more information. Would you like info on how to post a coupon? Click Here

 

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1st Amended P.U.D. Request – Final Plan for the existing Pinecrest Apartments Development Project

A 1st Amended P.U.D. Request – Final Plan for the existing Pinecrest Apartments development project from Property Owner Tim Ruesch and Mark Heisel and Applicant Pinecrest Rental Properties, LLC.  

This item is planned to be considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission at their meeting scheduled for May 11, 2016.

An P.U.D. Request – Final Plan was received by the City on April 8, 2016.  This ongoing project includes the development of an apartment complex consisting of six (6) 12-unit apartment buildings at a 6-acre property located near the intersection of Stump Road and Highway N.

Upon review, the attached comment letter was sent to the applicant’s engineer on April 15, 2016.  On April 21, 2016, a revised 1st Amended P.U.D. Final Plan and building and playground details along with a response letter from the applicant’s engineer were received by the City.  Upon review, the attached second comment letter was sent to the applicant’s engineer on April 29, 2016.   A copy of the P.U.D. Request – Final Plan, both of our comment letters, the response letter and the revised 1st Amended P.U.D. Final Plan are attached.  Development Note 22 on Sheet 1 of the plan details the proposed amendments to the currently approved plan.

Downloads 

5.981 Acres LAND DESCRIPTION 4-8-16 MEC

Final Amended PUD 4-8-16

PUD Final Plan App. 4-8-16

1st amended pud final plan

Comments Response 4-21-16

Photometrics Pinecrest Apartments 3-24-16

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, will conduct a Public Hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as same may be heard, and before the Board of Aldermen on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as same may be heard concerning: amendments, supplements and changes to Section 405.430 of the Municipal Code of the City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, pertaining to the regulation of temporary uses and fireworks stands and tents.

All hearings shall be conducted in the Board Chamber at the City of Dardenne Prairie City Hall located at 2032 Hanley Road in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri.

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