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St. Charles County Council Postpones Vote on Bluffs Subdivision

May 01, 2018 - 7:35 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Controversial plans for subdivision on the bluffs of the Missouri River are still in limbo. 

After Planning and Zoning said 'no,' St. Charles County Council members are taking a little more time to think about it.

Monday they heard from Missouri Humanities Council executive director, and resident, Steve Belko.

“We do know that if you approve this development you will be approving a typical cookie cutter subdivision to be built on beautiful bluffs, overlooking one of the greatest rivers in American history,” he says.

During public comment, Betty Oncramer riffed on the homebuilders' marketing tagline – ‘come home to nature’.

“With these historic bluffs and 60ft forests, I suggest to you that nature is already home here and 300 houses in a subdivision is not a viable addition,” she says.

Developer Greg Whittaker has promised to preserve the forest that's currently on the site, which is being sold by the University of Missouri. Whittaker plans 289 single-family homes and 70-plus townhomes.

Council members decided to hold off for another two weeks. A supermajority of them will have to vote 'yes,' after Planning and Zoning rejected the project. Part of their concerns involved the steep terrain.