Creve Coeur's City Council is scheduled to give a second and final reading on a housing development project which has split the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, and also divided residents who are concerned about stormwater impacts as well as the ability to find housing in their later years.
Benton Homes has proposed a Residential Designed Development (RDD) project on 4 acres of Mosely Road for 10 villa-style homes that would cater to "empty nester" couples who don't need 4 bedroom homes on large lots they once wanted for their children. The homes would be built just south of Olive Boulevard.
William Levinson, of Benton Homes, has said the project is an improvement over a larger one which was approved but never came to fruition. But Ward 2 councilwoman Tara Nealey raised questions earlier this month about stormwater runoff problems and what happens if the builder's assumptions don't come to fruition. Ward 1 Councilwoman Beth Kistner pointed out that the designs for the villas, which conceptual drawings show with a large percentage of garage space up front, are not finalized. Levinson said the drawings were meant to convey quality building materials and not a final design.
Proponents of the project point to the fact that it would provide a housing option in the city for residents who don't have a need for larger homes now that children have grown up and moved out.
On Monday, the council will also:
- Hear first reading on a conditional use permit for a Post II Sports Bar and Grill, along with a text amendment that would allow restaurant space to occupy up to 40 percent of centers in certain zoned areas under 2 acres.
- Hear first reading of an ordinance that would reduce parking requirements at shopping centers by 15 percent.
- Receive the 2012 Audit Report.