You've heard a lot in recent weeks about the Creve Coeur Comprehensive Plan, a document that according to the city's website outlines how Creve Coeur leaders should approach capital improvements, design standards, development and redevelopment proposals, land use decisions, and traffic management.
Most recently, city planners used it as part of the rationale in essentially calling the Delmar Gardens proposal for an assisted/independent living facility and residential housing project on Ladue Road near Interstate 270 a good idea in the wrong place.
Representatives for Delmar Gardens note that a lot has changed since the plan was first developed and that the plan hasn't been updated as intended when it was first put in place more than a decade ago.
Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz was in the audience observing last Monday's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting where the Delmar plan was discussed in a public hearing with those arguments made. Afterward he told Patch the city was "a little vulnerable" with regard to not having updated the plan, especially on a key property like the one involved in the Delmar proposal.
"I don’t know that updating the comprehensive plan would yield anything different than what was said 10 or 12 years ago but times do change and time marches on,” Glantz said, adding that as far as it relates to the Delmar proposal, he didn't see a compromise between where residents and the developer stood on the project.
Planning and Zoning Commission members could take a vote on the project November 5.
In an email exchange with residents last Wednesday, Mayor Glantz said he would ask City Council members Monday night to request city administrators to start the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan immediately or as soon as possible.