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UCity Patch - Plan Commission Meetings Discuss City Plan

UCity Patch - Plan Commission Meetings Discuss City Plan

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Plan Commission Meetings Discuss City Plan, Zoning Code Revision Joint session with city council discussed the city plan process, and plan commission discussed addingcheck-cashing establishments to zoning codeMembers of the Plan Commission met twice Wednesday, first with the city council and then for theirregular session. Joint SessionMayor Shelley Welsch, City Manager Lehman Walker, and city council met with the Plan Commission,led by Ben Halpert to discuss the planning process of a new city plan.“The first comprehensive plan for University City was adopted in 1922. Subsequent plans werepublished in 1931, 1958, 1986, 1999, and 2005,” Walker said. He noted that he was the author of 1999plan, and actively involved with the development of the 2005 plan.Walker said that the plan updates should occur in five to 10 year increments. Andrea Riganti, Directorof Community Development added that the purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity todescribe the planning process, what it is, and the timeline to develop a plan.“A comprehensive plan is a vision for the community, an expression of what we want the communityto be, where we are now, and what is desired,” she said.In the roughly hour-and-a-half session, council members and plan commission members discussed alist of questions that Ray Lai, the Deputy Director of Planning, Zoning, and Economic Developmentasked of them. Some of the questions from the survey included ‘What level of citizen engagementwould like to see?’Plan Commission MeetingAfter the adjournment of the joint session, the Plan Commission passed the minutes from the fourprevious meetings, with Chair Ben Halpert noting that they did not have to have a quorum to approveminutes.On continued business from the March 23 meeting, the minor subdivision and final plat of 7286Creveling Drive was withdrawn, per a letter the planning department received on April 25. The originalminor subdivision was brought to the Plan Commission, because the owner of the property, MikeManlin of MRM Manlin Development Group wished to subdivide his lot into two to build another home.Manlin withdrew his application because he found that the lot, which he wanted to subdivide, wasalready a legal lot.Zach Greatens of the Planning Department stated that St. Louis County had combined the lots for taxpurposes at an earlier point in time.A zoning map amendment for Li Hua Lu and Zun Xing Li at 8162 Olive Boulevard had been requestedto be tabled until the May 25 Plan Commission meeting because Mr. Li needed to have a “surveyorprepare a new site plan with the flood plain (sic) information shown.”Mr. Halpert made a motion to move Mr. Lai’s application to be heard at the May 25 meeting, and wasunanimously agreed to.Mr. Greatens of the Planning Department then presented a text amendment to the zoning coderegarding short-term loan establishments, more commonly known as payday loans, title lenders, andcheck-cashing establishments.

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