Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Charles County Council to Vote on Missouri Bluffs Subdivision Opposed by Environmental Groups, Residents

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Charles County Council to Vote on Missouri Bluffs Subdivision Opposed by Environmental Groups, Residents

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY - A long-anticipated vote on a controversial subdivision proposed for a forested Missouri River bluffs area near Highway 40 is set for Monday night.

Also due for a final vote at the County Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at 100 North Third Street in St. Charles is a proposed trash- transfer station near South River Road and Friedens Road near the Family Arena.

Both proposals will need approval from five of the seven County Council members to pass because the Planning and Zoning commission voted to recommend the council reject them.

Under the plan for the trash transfer station, proposed by Metro Fill Development LLC, small trash collection trucks would deposit refuse in an enclosed concrete-floor building. The trash would be pushed off a ledge into a larger truck parked below, for hauling to a landfill elsewhere in the area. The facility would take up to 1,000 tons of trash a day and could be expected to generate a total of 106 truck trips daily.

Neighbors opposed the trash site, saying they were concerned about smell, debris, noise and a potential dent in property values of homes.

MISSOURI BLUFFS

A vote on the proposed subdivision, planned for a hilly, forested area on the edge of the Missouri Bluffs Golf Course on land now owned by the University of Missouri, was delayed in April to give the public more time to comment and the developer more time to revise the plan. In March, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to reject the plan, questioning the street layout and size of the roads on the steep terrain that developer Greg Whittaker wants to buy from UM.

The most recent version of Whittaker's plan calls for 239 single-family homes and 100 multifamily units. The plan has been revised a number of times in response to opposition from the Missouri chapter of the Sierra Club, Trailnet and other groups concerned that it would mar the landscape and detract from the experience of people using the nearby Katy Trail. …

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