The Lake Saint Louis Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Planning and Zoning Commission on December 7, 2017.
The St. Louis Metro Section of the American Planning Association has recognized the City’s Comprehensive Plan as the 2019 recipient of the award for Outstanding Plan Making. This award recognizes one plan each year that advances city planning and brings greater awareness of the benefits for good planning in the St. Louis region. Projects were evaluated for their originality, innovation, engagement, role of planners, implementation and results.
Since its incorporation in 1975, Lake Saint Louis has grown without a comprehensive plan to be one of the premier cities in the region. Maintaining the City’s quality of life as it grows requires thoughtful planning for the future.
In June 2016, the City contracted with the i5 Group to prepare a citywide comprehensive plan. The project officially started in July 2016. A comprehensive plan is a strategic document that lays out a vision for the growth and development of a community over 15 to 20 years, and serves as a guide for community decision making.
A comprehensive plan is not a zoning regulation, budget, or other regulatory document; however, it is meant to be the basis for the preparation of those documents. Section 89.300 through 89.491 of the Missouri Revised Statutes authorize municipalities to develop and carry out comprehensive plans.
Public involvement is essential in developing a community vision, identifying priorities, and building consensus. The planning team utilized traditional and online engagement techniques to engage the community throughout the process including the following:
- Four open houses averaging 90 attendees each
- Kid’s charrette with Green Tree Elementary School students
- Meetings with external stakeholders (utilities, developers, transportation agencies, and St. Charles County) and internal stakeholders (residents, organizations, and city businesses)
- Online surveys which received over 1,000 responses
- Press Releases
- Social Media
- Seven steering committee meetings