Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Neighborhood Rezoning Aims for Light Business

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Neighborhood Rezoning Aims for Light Business

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Planners for St. Peters are proposing a new commercial district for neighborhoods.

St. Peters already has zoning regulations for light retail stores in residential neighborhoods. The proposed change would be for "an even lighter district," said Ken Braunfeld, planning coordinator for the city.

The district would provide for low-density professional offices and as a transition to residential neighborhoods, according to the planners' draft.

"These buildings will be located and designed for a high degree of compatibility within the neighborhood setting."

Braunfeld said that the new district was being proposed mainly to accommodate structures that may no longer be desirable for residences because of high traffic volume.

"It is being proposed only on major arteries of four or five lanes," he said. "This is another option to provide a little more of a buffer" between commerical developments and residential neighborhoods."

The type of businesses expected to use such a zoning ordinance would be small professional offices, such as law, insurance, accounting, data processing, medical and dental offices, engineering and surveying offices.

The Planning and Zoning Commission would have to review and issue approval in most cases. City planners presented the proposal to the commission on Monday.

The proposed zoning change would have some protections to make sure businesses don't abuse the classification. For example, the lot must front a public roadway containing at least four lanes. Parking spaces would be limited to no more than one space for each tenth of an acre. In most cases, parking would be limited to two to five car, Braunfeld said. This would almost ensure that the business would be low-key.

Another requirement would be that the structures would have to be designed and maintained "to closely blend with the surrounding residential architecture. …

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