What follows below should be self-explanatory. Earlier enacted zoning, which allowed for dense residential development, with all its accompanying issues, has been negated by this new legislation. We seem to be at a long-awaited end. Perhaps this will provide you with some final closure regarding the “Villages at Gravois Creek”, and the strong sense of a community job well-done.
We first became aware of a proposed residential development in October, 2005. Here, 28 months later, we come to a resolution of our contest with the county.
JOURNAL OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI
Tuesday February 5, 2008 6:00 P.M.
BILL NO. 27, 2008, INTRODUCED BY COUNCILMAN CAMPISI, ENTITLED:
AMENDING THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE AND DISTRICT MAPS BY
CHANGING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE "NU" NON-URBAN DISTRICT, THE "R-4"
RESIDENCE DISTRICT, THE "FPR-R4" FLOOD PLAIN RESIDENCE DISTRICT, THE
"MXD" MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT AND THE "FPMXD" FLOOD PLAIN MIXED
USE DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT OF CERTAIN LAND AS PROVIDED HEREIN AND
REPEALING ORDINANCE 22,778 (P.C. 56-07 ST. LOUIS CAMPUS. L.L.C.)
MOVED BY COUNCILMAN CAMPISI, SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN WASINGER, FOR FINAL
PASSAGE OF BILL NO. 27, 2008. UPON ROLL CALL, THE VOTE WAS AS FOLLOWS:
YEAS: ERBY, BURKETT, WASINGER, O'MARA, FRASER, CAMPISI, QUINN
CHAIR BURKETT DECLARED BILL NO. 27, 2008, FINALLY PASSED.
At this time Councilman Campisi expressed his appreciation to everyone who had assisted with this legislation. He wished the developers all the success with their endeavors and extended his willingness to assist them with any future needs in this regard.
Taking the earlier development to task in court provided everyone the time to reconsider, discuss and arrive at a shared agreement on a better course for this property. What we might have had, in light of the current housing implosion, now seems fairly clear. We would have been faced, along Gravois Road, with a cleared and yet undeveloped tract, prone to erosion; not benefiting anyone. What we have instead is the promise of a low-impact development by an environmentally-savvy organization. Erickson's long-term interests are directly tied to the ongoing viability and marketability of this property. We believe it constitutes a win for the whole surrounding area. Attached is a .pdf document
from our legal team, explaining the outcome of the lawsuit. It is difficult to hold a community together in a protracted lawsuit, let alone pay the monthly bills associated with the litigation. Two and a half years of managing to do this is compelling testimony to the strength of community in this area. Our thanks go out to all those who made up this effort: passing out flyers, soliciting signatures on petitions, speaking out in the papers, on radio, and in the county council sessions, holding placards at a protest, and sending in financial support. What a joy to live in such a neighborhood!
Best regards to you all;
Grassroots on Gravois