Dardenne Prairie residents battle over land re-zoning

DARDENNE PRAIRIE, Mo. (KSDK) – "Not in my backyard." That's the bottom line behind a battle over a large plot of land in Dardenne Prairie. The landowners want to re-zone it for commercial space. But some residents are fighting the proposal.

The fight is over a 175 acre plot of land at Feise and Bryan Road. Right now, it's zoned solely for single family residences. But the owners want to re-zone almost half of it for commercial space. The landowners' attorney says it makes sense, since the plot stands at a fairly busy intersection. And he says they've made a number of adjustments to the plan to address concerns, like getting rid of plans for apartments.

But residents say the proposal would create a major traffic problem and would drastically change their neighborhoods. They say while they understand there will be commercial property there at some point, they think the proposal for 86.5 acres is just too much.

"This is a bedroom community. People chose to live here because it's quiet and not densely populated and not overrun by commercial developments like some parts of St. Peters and O'Fallon. So we're looking at a proposal here that would materially change our quality of life," said Dardenne Prairie resident David Zucker.

"Zoning must respect an owners right to use their property for the highest and best use. I said last week and I will say again, that everyone in this room who owns a piece of property has the right to make the highest and best use of their property, whether that's to use it, or to sell it, whatever it is," said attorney Gary Feder, who's representing the landowners.

The Planning and Zoning Commission did give its approval to the plan. The Board of Alderman were scheduled to vote on the rezoning request Wednesday night but decided to table the issue. It will be up for public comment again on December 4th.


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