Friends & Neighbors,
The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen met in Workshop and Regular Sessions tonight.
We held a public hearing on the application of Walmart to build a Neighborhood Market and gas station on the NW corner of Bryan and Feise Roads. Several people spoke during the public hearing, primarily to ask questions about storm water management, environmental protections regarding underground gas tanks, and traffic. There were no speakers opposing the market tonight. The Neighborhood Market is less than half the size of a Super Center and is limited to groceries and related products. The Market will have a pharmacy and will take grocery orders on-line and deliver right to customers’ cars in a drive-thru.
This matter was first brought to the City in February of 2016 and was the subject of public hearings in March, April, May, June and July in 2016. Then Walmart backed out on July 19. In January 2017 Walmart returned with a revised plan reducing the size of the market from 50,000 square feet to 44,000 square feet, eliminating 20 parking spaces, and increasing the green space around the parking lot. The external appearance of the market is not the industrial box like the Neighborhood Market in St. Peters. It is a definite upgrade based on the design of the Market in Bluffton, SC on Hilton Head Island as was proposed last year by a member of the Board of Aldermen.
After discussion the Board of Aldermen approved the market and gas station and approved the site plan presented by Walmart. The project will move into the construction design stage with a view to awarding construction contracts by November or December. Actual construction is estimated to take 9 months.
In other business the Board revised the municipal code provisions regulating sale of beer, wine and liquor in the City to bring our code into alignment with new laws enacted by the State.
I want to remind voters that the Municipal Election is Tuesday, April 4. In addition to voting for 1 alderman in each ward and for mayor, there are five propositions on the ballot. Each proposition asks for Dardenne Prairie residents to vote yes or no on the annexation of five parcels of unincorporated St. Charles County. I urge citizens to vote YES on the propositions.
Three parcels, amounting to less than one acre each are located on Technology Dr. just east of the Phillips 66 Station and south of Town Square. Two parcels (Gilmer Property) are located north and south of the Rte. 364, just west of Bryan Road. The Gilmer parcels are about 15 and 17 acres, respectively. These parcels are adjacent to areas of Dardenne Prairie that are forecasted for future development according to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The 3 parcels on Technology Dr. are adjacent to ground, south of Town Square that is now zoned C-3, Retail Commercial. The City’s intention is to encourage development of retail stores that will complement the existing shopping at Town Square. The presence of 3 unincorporated parcels may be seen as a detriment to retail development on adjacent land. The incorporation of the parcels will, I believe, add to their market value and will not pose a financial burden on the City.
The two Gilmer parcels are already for sale and being shopped to developers: commercial uses for the parcel south of 364 (across from Walgreens) and residential uses for the parcel north of 364 next to Pinnacle Point and Dardenne Meadows subdivisions. We do not want the development of those two large parcels to be controlled by St. Charles County Government whose building codes and permitting processes do not align with ours.
Please go to the Polls on April 4 and vote YES for the annexation of each of the five parcels.
The next Board of Aldermen meeting is Wednesday, April 5 starting at 5:30. Come see your City Government at work!
“Shine a Light on City Government”
DAVID C. ZUCKER
City of Dardenne Prairie, MO