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Department of Planning Annual Report, 2012 41 South Central Avenue 5th Floor Clayton, Missouri 63105 Tel. 314.615.2520 Fax 314.615.3729

YOUR elected officials
Charlie A. Dooley

County Executive

(District 2), and Gregory F. Quinn (District 7)

(District 3), Kathleen Kelly Burkett (District 2), Steven V. Stenger, Chairman (District 6), Michael E. O’Mara (District 4), Hazel M. Erby

County Council, left to right: Pat Dolan (District 5), Colleen Wasinger

boards and commissions
Board of Zoning Adjustment
Jim Douglas, Vice Chairman Angelia Bills Janet Herrmann, Chairman

Planning Commission
William H. Ballard, Secretary Rob Forney Wayne Hilzinger, Chairman Matt Lampe Stephen Lawler Molly McHugh Judith Metzger William Sneed, Vice Chairman Keith Taylor


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table of contents

Letter from our Director


Department Overview 9 Current Planning 13 Comprehensive Planning 19 Community Development 33 Support Services 41


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Letter From the Planning Director
Dear St. Louis County Residents, It is my pleasure to present to you the 2012 Annual Report for the St. Louis County Department of Planning. Here, in the Department of Planning, we pride ourselves on providing high quality service and a short response time to the citizens of St. Louis County. Between maintaining existing services and undertaking several special studies and projects, the Department of Planning made several achievements in 2012. Some notable accomplishments include: ƒƒ hearing from over 1,000 households in unincorporated St. Louis County through the interdepartmental Neighborhood Walk program and creating a system for addressing neighborhood issues; ƒƒ guiding the residents of St. George through their disincorporation process; ƒƒ completing and distributing a Sustainable Zoning Code How-To Guide to the 90 municipalities in St. Louis County; ƒƒ assisting over 100 households with the removal of lead paint; ƒƒ leveraging private funds to support over 200 families with down payment assistance on their first home purchase. The Department of Planning is on track for another productive year. My staff and I look forward to working with our citizens, elected officials, and community partners to keep St. Louis County moving forward in 2013. Sincerely,

Glenn A. Powers Director of Planning


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Department Mission
The mission of the Department of Planning is to foster healthy communities by guiding development and reinvestment, developing HIGHER LOWER long-range plans, promoting citizen engagement and using data and DENSITY DENSITY information technology to guide public policy.

Department programs and Services

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The Department of Planning administers zoning and subdivision ordinances for unincorporated areas, prepares the County’s Strategic Plan and many other community plans, monitors annexations and boundary changes, provides data analysis, manages information technology and Geographic Information Systems applications, and administers federal grant programs.
Prepared by St. Louis Conty GIS Service Center Mapping and Data November 2011

The Department of Planning is organized into four divisions: Current Planning, Comprehensive Planning, Office of Community Development, and Support Services. This year, our Research and Information Technology Division joined with information technology specialists from other departments to provide a one-stop-shop for technology services as part of the Administration Department.


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The Planning Department provides both countywide services as well as municipal-level services to the unincorporated areas of St. Louis County. The four divisions work in conjunction with each other to meet the changing demands and needs of St. Louis County.

Current Planning
The Current Planning Division enforces the zoning and subdivision ordinances to regulate land use in unincorporated St. Louis County. This includes zoning petition processing; site plan and subdivision plat review; staffing the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment; subdivision and land disturbance escrow management; and home day care licensing.

Comprehensive Planning
The Comprehensive Planning Division oversees long-range planning, conducts policy research, coordinates community planning, monitors annexations and boundary changes, promotes public outreach and information, and is responsible for preparing the County’s Strategic Plan.

Community Development
Supported entirely by federal funds, the Office of Community Development coordinates housing and community development activities, including the administration of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Lead Hazard Control funds, and Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Support Services
The Support Services Division’s functions include data management, maintenance of zoning and subdivision files, notification of public hearings, and zoning and Board of Zoning Adjustment fieldwork. A primary function of the Division is to provide support to staff planners and community development specialists on many different projects.

Boards and Commissions
The Department of Planning provides direct staff support to the Board of Zoning Adjustment and Planning Commission. Staff reviews petitions and prepares reports for petitions that come before these bodies and presents those reports at public hearings.

Department overview


Board of Zoning Adjustment
The Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) is a three-member body of citizens appointed by the County Executive, subject to confirmation by the County Council, to hear appeals from landowners in unincorporated St. Louis County from the St. Louis County Zoning Ordinance. The BZA was established to hear petitions relating to yard setbacks for buildings, structures and parking areas, sign size requirements, reconstruction or alteration of non-conforming structures, and interpretations of the intent of the Zoning Ordinance. The BZA is not empowered to legislate or revise the Zoning Ordinance. When the BZA approves an appeal, the general zoning ordinance remains unchanged. The appeal procedure for decisions made by the BZA is through the Circuit Court.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is an advisory body to the County Council that reviews matters relating to zoning and development in unincorporated St. Louis County. The Planning Commission consists of nine members holding no other County office, appointed by the County Executive subject to confirmation by the County Council. Six of the members are residents of unincorporated St. Louis County, and three are residents of municipalities in the County.

County Executive Senior Policy Advisor Planning Director

Support Services

Office of Community Development Community Development Block Grant HOME

Comprehensive Planning

Current Planning

Organizational structure of the St. Louis County Planning Department.

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Gail Choate, Division Manager Patricia Detch Rick Fox Debra Nesbit Deborah Salberg Jen Samson Loyd Spurgeon

The Current Planning Division enforces the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance for Unincorporated St. Louis County and is staff for the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustment. The Zoning Ordinance is a tool for regulating land use and floodplain management. The division is responsible for researching and proposing ordinance amendments to ensure that the Zoning Ordinance is effective in regulating land use and floodplain management. The Zoning Ordinance is available online at stlouisco. com/PropertyandRoads/PlanningZoningandSubdivisionInformation/ ZoningOrdinance. The Subdivision Ordinance regulates the orderly division of land. Staff is responsible for the calculation, collection, monitoring, and management of escrow accounts for public improvements within subdivisions. The Subdivision Ordinance is available online at PlanningZoningandSubdivisionInformation/SubdivisionOrdinance.


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Zoning Ordinance Amendments
During 2012, one amendment to the St. Louis County Zoning Ordinance was considered by the Planning Commission. The proposal sought to increase the frequency of temporary business signs from three times per year.

Zoning Petitions
In 2011, 33 zoning petitions were submitted to the staff for review by the Planning Commission. This continues a significant decrease in the number of zoning petitions submitted as a result of the economic recession. In comparison, there were 39 zoning petitions submitted in 2011, 38 in 2010, 38 in 2009, 39 in 2008, 58 in 2007, and 82 in 2006. Staff also presented 31 correspondence items to the Planning Commission for their consideration, reviewed a total of 66 site development plans and approved 49 site development plans. The following table summarizes the type and number of zoning petitions reviewed in 2012.

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Zoning Petitions
Type of Petition Rezoning Special procedures conditional use permit Planned Environmental Unit Zoning Ordinance amendments Approved 20 3 Denied 2 3 Withdrawn 0 0 Held 1 0 TOTAL 23 6



















Public Hearing Notice Subscription Service
For the past nine years, the Current Planning Division has provided an e-notification service that allows individuals to receive the St. Louis County Planning Commission public hearing notice through email. The public hearing notices are available utilizing Constant Contact, a third party marketing service. Subscribing to St. Louis County Constant Contact is available at Subscriptions.

Board of Zoning Adjustment
The Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) has the responsibility to hear appeals from land-owners and developers in the unincorporated areas of St. Louis County from the strict application of the regulations of the Zoning Ordinance of St. Louis County. The BZA hears petitions relating to the yard setbacks for buildings, structures, and parking areas, sign size, and height requirements, the reconstruction or alteration of non-conforming structures or uses, and interpretations of the intent of the Zoning Ordinance. The majority of the petitions the Board addresses is related to additions or other improvements to residences that do not meet setback requirements. In 2012, 165 requests for variances from the regulations of the Zoning Ordinance were presented to the Board. The following table summarizes BZA variances from 2008 to 2012. Zoning Variances
Approved Denied Withdrawn/ Inactive 2008 162 14 9 2009 158 8 4 2010 147 10 3 2011 153 5 6 2012 160 5 0







Land Disturbance Code
The Land Disturbance Code, which went into effect in 2004, expanded the regulations found within the zoning, subdivision, and grading ordinances relative to land disturbance activities. The disturbance of one acre or more requires a Major Land Disturbance Permit, which involves the review and approval of a site plan or plat, a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), and the establishment of an escrow for siltation control devices. The


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Department of Planning’s role in the process is to coordinate review of the site plan or plat, and review and approve the land disturbance escrow. In 2012, the Department of Planning processed 33 Major Land Disturbance Permits involving 135 acres of land.

Home Day Care License
In 2012, Current Planning Division staff was responsible for the renewal of 36 day care licenses and the issuance of 3 new licenses in unincorporated St. Louis County approved by the Planning Director. More information on home day cares is available online at stlouisco. com/PropertyandRoads/PlanningZoningandSubdivisionInformation/ HomeDayCare.

Subdivision Plats
During 2012, the Current Planning Division processed a total of 39 subdivision plats and plans. The following table summarizes the plat types, number of plats, and the number of lots or units represented in each category. Subdivision plats
Type of Subdivision Record Plats Preliminary Plats Boundary Adjustment Plats Condominium Plats Display Submissions 4 6 29 0 0 Lots/units 29 67 59 0 0




Deposit Agreement, Escrow, and Landscape Bond Process
In 2012, 34 Deposit Agreements, Landscape Bonds, Major Land Disturbance Agreements, and conventional new subdivision improvement guarantee agreements were processed by the Department of Planning. The cumulative dollar amount for all of the public and private agreements, bonds, and escrows processed and managed during the year was $725,183. Additionally, during 2012, 197 escrow releases were processed totaling $2,299,256.



In 2012, only two subdivisions in unincorporated St. Louis County defaulted on their public improvement escrows. The total dollar amount of uncompleted improvements in those subdivisions was $84,191. This is a significant drop in uncompleted improvements from previous years. Current Planning staff continues to proactively counsel all stakeholders, including residents, developers, and banks holding the Letters of Credit as to what their options are, focusing on the completion of the improvements, and/or stabilization of the site. We are also working with successor developers on settlement subdivisions.

Special Projects
Phase II Stormwater Management Plan (2013-2018)
Staff was on the Planning Committee for the St. Louis County third term - five-year Stormwater Management Plan. The Plan was completed by December 2012. The committee met periodically throughout the year to review the goals for the plan and best management practices with a focus on construction site stormwater runoff control and post-construction stormwater management. Staff participated in selecting and forming a stakeholder group throughout the process.

Sustainable Zoning and Subdivision Code Update
In 2012, the Department of Planning continued the Sustainable Zoning and Subdivision Code Update project. The purpose of the project is to enact new concepts and standards for sustainable zoning, remove obstacles for smart growth and environmentallyfriendly development, and offer incentives for energy efficient and sustainable activities. In August of 2012, the Department sent a letter and the draft Form-Based Code to community stakeholders for their review. A meeting with the stakeholders and County staff was led by Farr and Associates to gather feedback. Also in August, staff spoke at a Livable St. Louis event on placemaking and form-based codes. The audience was comprised of city managers. During 2012, we continued to receive updated sections from our consultant on the zoning/subdivision ordinances. In October, the Current Planning Division formed a Technical Advisory
Existing mixed-use development in St. Louis County that would be encouraged through the sustainable zoning and subdivision code update.


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Committee comprised of engineers, architects, planners, planning commissioners, and developers to review the sections and give us comments and suggestions. Near the end of 2012, we began having our first Technical Advisory Committee meetings. The Municipal How-To Manual was finalized and distributed to the 90 municipalities in November 2012. This manual is a general blueprint on how to update municipal zoning codes to make them more sustainable and energy efficient. Staff presented the guide and its benefits to the St. Louis County Economic Council’s Economic Development Collaborative Board in December. The Current Planning Division also wrote and submitted articles regarding the zoning sustainability project and the municipal how-to manual to the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development and the East-West Gateway Local Government Briefings newsletters.

Informational Public Hearings
In 2012, the County Council passed Ordinance 25,198 requiring an informational public hearing for all new projects on County-owned property that were not permitted by the applicable zoning code. The Department of Planning was charged with noticing the hearing in a similar manner as the regular zoning hearings, presenting a conceptual plan, and preparing a report to the County Council. The Department of Planning conducted two informational hearings in 2012. The first was for a new 4th Precinct Police Station in South County at 315 Sappington Barracks Road, a former park site. The second hearing was for a telecommunications tower that would be part of the Emergency Communications Network. The tower location was proposed at 4580 S. Lindbergh Boulevard, the County’s Health Center in Sunset Hills.


Lori Fiegel, Division Manager Justin Carney Dara Eskridge Laura Kinsell-Baer Andrew Meyerkord Bill Schwulst

comprehensive planning
The Comprehensive Planning Division is responsible for carrying out and participating in a wide variety of planning and policy initiatives throughout St. Louis County and the St. Louis metropolitan area. Comprehensive Planning Division staff prepare plans and conduct research to address a wide range of issues including social stressors, incompatible land use, community vitality, economic development, housing, and service delivery. The Comprehensive Planning Division is focused on keeping citizens informed and involved in County government through a variety of public outreach methods. The Division also provides technical assistance and support to homeowners’ associations and subdivision trustees in unincorporated St. Louis County.


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Countywide Planning & Policy
St. Louis County Strategic Plan
The Department of Planning initiated the update of the St. Louis County Strategic Plan in early 2012. Every five years the department begins the update to the Strategic Plan with a countywide survey and thorough analysis of the most significant trends from Census, economic, housing and transportation data. This data analysis is used to identify the key issues around which St. Louis County officials will develop a strategic action agenda for the next five years.

State of the County
In early 2012, Comprehensive Planning staff collected and analyzed a variety of census, housing and economic data, compiling the results into a State of the County presentation. Presentations were made to the County Executive’s Cabinet, the County Council, and the Economic Council. The State of the County presentation provided the initial analytical understanding of the major trends impacting St. Louis County.
Policy issue briefs highlighted the latest data and key issues facing St. Louis County in preparation for the policy roundtables and strategic plan.

Countywide Citizen’s Survey
Over 800 County residents participated in a countywide citizen telephone survey as part of the update to the St. Louis County Strategic Plan. The survey, conducted over two weeks in June, is designed to help County officials gauge the level of satisfaction with government services, as well as to collect opinions on key public policy issues facing St. Louis County. The survey provides a baseline of citizens’ perceptions as the Planning staff investigates key issue areas to explore in the plan.

Policy Issue Briefs
Expanding on the State of the County presentation, planners researched and wrote a series of seven policy briefs. The policy briefs explored St. Louis County’s demographics, housing, economy and transportation, as well as the big demographic drivers of immigration, and the convergence of the Millennial and Baby Boom generations. The policy briefs helped establish St. Louis County’s key strategic issues and explored potential future impacts on policies and services. A “State of the County” overview draft that provides key information from the seven policy briefs was written as a sixpage stand-alone document with maps and narrative.

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Comprehensive Planning staff made an interactive presentation, Reimagining St. Louis County’s Future, to St. Louis County directors and senior management at its Executive Forum in October. Building on the implications from the policy briefs, and using keypad polling to engage participants, the discussion centered around the Retiring Baby Boomers, the Emerging Millennial Generation, the Concentration of Poverty, and Immigration.

Policy Roundtables
In a series of meetings that began in December, the Office of the County Executive, department directors, and senior management explored the three significant demographic trends that emerged from the policy briefs: aging in place, the concentration of poverty, and the emergence of the Millennial generation The meetings kicked-off with a panel discussion by area experts convened to inform County officials of current trends and best practices. A total of nine meetings were scheduled to explore outcomes and strategies around each of the issue areas. The roundtable meetings are set to conclude in early 2013 and will lead to broader stakeholder and public engagement.

Boundary Changes & Adjustments
The last Boundary Commission five-year planning cycle began in 2006 and allowed for annexation proposals to be submitted to the Boundary Commission until July 1, 2010. Four annexation proposals were submitted prior to the July 1 deadline, with one of those proposals remaining active into 2012. Florissant “Area 13” (Sunland Hills, Spring Creek Condominiums, and Candlewyck Villas) The City of Florissant re-submitted an amended annexation proposal for a 152.4-acre area referred to as “Area 13,” which includes Sunland Hills subdivision, Spring Creek Condominiums, Candlewyck Villas, a bank, a construction and grading company, a church, and a school. The original proposal had originally been submitted in 2008, and was disapproved by the Boundary Commission in 2009. The Department of Planning submitted a report to the commission recommending against its approval. After two separate votes by the Boundary Commission failed to garner the necessary six affirmative votes to approve the proposal, the City of Florissant filed a lawsuit to have the proposal voted on again. At its August 2011 meeting, the

St. Louis County policy roundtables centered on the concentration of poverty, aging in place, and the emerging millennial generation in preparation for the countywide strategic plan..


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commission voted unanimously to approve the proposal. The issue of annexation was placed on the April 3, 2012, ballot. It received approval by 71 percent of those voting in the City of Florissant and only received approval by 26 percent of those living in the annexation area. Requiring a simple majority in both areas, the annexation proposal failed.

Map Plans
The Boundary Commission’s current five-year planning cycle began on January 1, 2012 with a six-month submission period for map plans. In accordance with state law, municipalities were required to submit map plans by July 1, 2012, indicating unincorporated areas they might wish to annex during the upcoming five-year cycle. By the same deadline, St. Louis County was required to submit a map plan indicating areas it wishes to maintain as unincorporated. Twenty municipalities and St. Louis County submitted map plans to the Boundary Commission prior to the July 1, 2012 deadline. The Commission held five public hearings on the map plan submissions throughout St. Louis County between August and November 2012. St. Louis County submitted written comment on the municipal map plan submissions to the Commission in December 2012. Municipalities and the County have until April 15, 2013 to submit amendments to their map plan proposals. Actual proposals for boundary changes may be submitted for consideration to the Boundary Commission between April 15, 2013 and July 1, 2016.
St. Louis County’s 2012 Map Plan submitted to the Boundary Commission.

Boundary Adjustments
A procedure to adjust jurisdictional boundaries is provided by §§ 72.400(1) and 72.401.8 RSMo and conditioned by approval of the governing bodies of the affected municipality and the county. A boundary adjustment is achieved without Boundary Commission approval or involvement. Two boundary adjustments involving unincorporated land were completed in 2012. City of Eureka Comprehensive Planning Division staff prepared and submitted a request for legislation to the County Executive’s Office concerning a boundary adjustment between the City of Eureka and St. Louis County. The City of Eureka requested the transfer of 645 Eureka Road; portions of 401 Eureka Road, 3A Melba Lane and 5 Melba Lane; and a portion of Eureka Road right-of-way from unincorporated St. Louis County to the City of Eureka. Ordinance

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25,202 was passed by the St. Louis County Council approving the boundary adjustment between St. Louis County and the City of Eureka and the boundary adjustment became effective on September 25, 2012. City of Fenton The Department of Highways and Traffic coordinated a boundary adjustment between the City of Fenton and St. Louis County involving the transfer of the Old Gravois Road Meramec River Bridge. Ordinance No. 23,797 was passed by the County Council and Ordinance 2997 was passed by the City of Fenton and upon Fenton’s acceptance of the completed bridge project, the bridge and adjacent easement was transferred to the City of Fenton. The boundary adjustment became effective on December 6, 2012.

Village of Uplands Park
At the request of concerned residents of the Village of Uplands Park, planners prepared information about disincorporation and the impact a potential disincorporation would have on taxes and services in the village.

Regional Plan for Sustainable Development
In October 2010, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the St. Louis region - with East-West Gateway Council of Governments as the lead administrative and planning agency - $4.6 million in funding to create a regional plan for sustainable development. The goal of the plan is to build economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation, while balancing environmental issues. Work in 2012 centered on outreach and community meetings in community planning areas (CPAs) around the region. Four areas in St. Louis County were chosen to be CPAs, including the unincorporated community of Lemay, the Mid Metro 5 (municipalities along the Cross County MetroLink line), the City of Ferguston and Environs, and Northeast St. Louis County (including the unincorporated communities of Spanish Lake and Glasgow Village, the City of Bellefontaine Neighbors, and the Village of Riverview). The St. Louis County Department of Planning took on the role of sponsor for the Lemay and Northeast County CPAs, and provided material outreach and facilitation support for the meetings held in each CPA.

$4.6 million was awarded by the federal government to the St. Louis metropolitan region to promote regional planning.


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Several staff members serve on the Steering Committee, Public Engagement Committee, Technical Planning Committee, and the Transit-Oriented Development Committee.

Community Planning & Revitalization
Make a Difference Day
Planners assisted St. Louis County’s Clean, Green, and Beautiful team with organizing and promoting events for Make A Difference Day, which was expanded by St. Louis County to include the entire month of October. Planners prepared flyers for e-recycling events in Pleasant Hollow in North County and St. George in South County, organized the Affton-Gravois Road cleanup, promoted the events through various community networks, and participated in Make A Difference Day activities.

Affton-Gravois Road Landscape Partnership Events
Every spring and fall, Department of Planning staff organizes landscaping and litter pick-up events along Gravois Road in Affton. In 2012, staff from the Departments of Planning, Parks and Recreation, and Highways and Traffic worked with student volunteers from the Affton High School Key Club to landscape 15 tree well planters and pick up litter along the road right-of-way, between Hummelsheim and Frankfort Avenues. The event was held in October on Make A Difference Day and coordinated through St. Louis County’s Clean, Green and Beautiful initiative.

Excellent community volunteers landscape along Gravois Road in Affton on Make a Difference Day.

Affton Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee
Planning staff prepare monthly memos for the Affton Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee meetings. These memos highlight Department of Planning activities in Affton, such as zoning petitions, important news, and upcoming events. In addition, planning staff attend the monthly meetings to answer planning related questions.

Affton Networking E-Newlsetter
As a result of discussions held at a Affton Leaders’ Forum in 2010 regarding increasing communication between the community and County government, a networking e-newsletter was created.

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The Affton Networking E-Newsletter is sent to Affton leaders and interested constituents and provides important news, event listings, and information about Affton and St. Louis County Government. Thirty-eight Affton residents and County staff received the newsletter on a periodic basis. In 2012, two issues were electronically delivered to subscribers.

Community Reinvestment Fund
With funding available from the River City Casino, grants are awarded bi-annually through the Community Reinvestment Fund to organizations to assist with the services they provide to the Lemay community. The Comprehensive Planning Manager worked with the Port Authority and County Economic Council to review proposals for both rounds of applications for the Community Reinvestment Fund. Ultimately, $5,126,249.00 in grants, lines of credit or loans were awarded to community organizations in 2012.

Lemay Comprehensive Plan-Year Six Monitoring Report
The Lemay Comprehensive Plan was adopted in March 2006. The plan provides a rational and comprehensive guide for development that fosters community stabilization, revitalization, and economic growth. It serves as a policy guide in making decisions about the future development of the Lemay community. A report assessing progress of its implementation is published each year. The Year Six Monitoring Report was completed, distributed to all interested parties, and posted on the County’s website in April 2012.

East of Broadway Redevelopment Project
Comprehensive Planning staff began participating in a Project Steering Committee in 2012 for an initiative to create a redevelopment plan for the area of Lemay located east of Broadway. The east of Broadway neighborhood was identified in the Lemay Comprehensive Plan as an area to consider for residential redevelopment. With funding from the Community Reinvestment Fund, the Lemay Housing Partnership is coordinating the project and established the Project Steering Committee, which includes representatives from the County Economic Council, Planning Department, Lemay Development Corporation, and Lemay residential community. The Project Steering Committee developed the RFP process; evaluated the proposals; interviewed qualified firms; and, ultimately, hired The Lawrence Group for this project.

The new Mississippi River trail now connects Jefferson Barracks Park to the River City Casino. A new trailhead and parking area were established in Jefferson Barracks Park. The trail was dedicated on September 8, 2012.


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Lemay Technical Assistance
Comprehensive Planning staff provided technical assistance to the Lemay community throughout the year. In particular, planners worked with the Lemay Housing Partnership and Project Lemay to fulfill their requests for data and maps. Planners created a series of maps for the Lemay Housing Partnership, including population change from 2000-2010, median age, single person households, and other demographic and neighborhood indicators.

Spanish Lake
Spanish Lake-Bellefontaine Road Commercial Improvement Plan
The Spanish Lake-Bellefontaine Road Commercial Improvement Plan was adopted in July 2008. The purpose of the plan was to outline strategies for future redevelopment and reinvestment in two specific commercial nodes along Bellefontaine Road in Spanish Lake—Belle Parke Plaza at the intersection of Bellefontaine Road and Parker Road, and Sierra Vista Plaza near the intersection of Bellefontaine Road and Dunn Road. During 2012, planning staff worked closely with the Spanish Lake Community Association Business Members’ Group and other County departments on the implementation of various strategies from the 2008 plan. In December 2012, planners updated a 2008 database of commercial property maintenance violations in the north node. Planners documented the progress of violation remediation on individual commercial properties. Through code enforcement and cooperation from property owners, violations were abated and conditions improved in the north node.

Elmwood Park Street Light District
Comprehensive Planning staff provided technical support to the Elmwood Park Street Light District in 2012, including mapping, research, and information to constituents of the district about tax rates and the establishment of the district. The Elmwood Park Street Light District, established in 2002, is the smallest of St. Louis County’s five street light districts. The Planning Department worked with Elmwood Park residents in the early 2000s to get the district established and allocated Community Development Block Grant monies to fund the installation of the lights. In 2012, planners also attended the district’s public meeting to set its tax rate and distributed informational newsletters to residents.

Node improvement and investment opportunities along Bellefontaine Road as part of the Commercial Improvement Plan in Spanish Lake.

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Neighborhood Preservation Strategy (NPS)
North County
In 2012, the NPS North County team continued its effort to promote neighborhood health and vitality through a variety of activities that connect residents with services and information they need to address important neighborhood issues. One of the most effective means for direct contact with residents is a neighborhood walk, where staff from a variety of departments walk door-to-door. Like bringing a community meeting directly to residents, representatives from the Office of the County Executive, County Council, along with Planning, Police, Public Works, Highways, Health, and Human Services knocked on nearly 1,000 doors and visited nearly 500 households, handing out information newsletters and discussing neighborhood issues. In all, over 125 comments were received and addressed through follow-up actions. Other outreach activities included regular follow-up with subdivision association trustees, presentations at subdivision meetings, and participation in National Night Out activities. Additionally, the Planning Department worked with Neighborhood Services, in partnership with RNA Worldwide Recycling, to coordinate various neighborhood electronic-recycling events. Through these efforts, almost 26.5 tons of bulk items were collected and diverted from area landfills. These efforts help build relationships between County staff and residents and promote healthy and stable neighborhoods. Nps North 2012 walk summary
Subdivision Hathaway Manor North Hathaway Manor South Larimore Plaza II/ Eldorado Park Eldorado Number of Knocks 298 280 152 204 Total Homes Contacted 155 123 83 121 Percent Homes Contacted 52% 44% 55% 59%

Neighbors bring their obsolete electronics to the electronic collection and recycling drive in North County.





South County
The NPS South team continued its efforts to promote County Government services throughout unincorporated South County. Through four neighborhood walks and attendance at National Night Out activities, the committee made direct contact with approximately 600 residents.

A community garden for residents of the Park Forest apartment complex.


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Neighborhood walks remained the central activity of the NPS South outreach effort. Locations for neighborhood walks varied across unincorporated South County, so that coverage and communication were equally spread among residents. . Nps south 2012 walk summary
Subdivision Former St. George Tara South Mackenzie Hills Maple Hills Number of Knocks 344 380 Condos* 257 271 253 Total Homes Contacted 138 123 144 119 Percent Homes Contacted 40% 48% 53% 47%





*Condo owners were reached through a meet-and-greet session in the condominium clubhouse.

Subdivision Trustee Outreach
Subdivision Trustee Outreach and Support
Homeowner’s Association Forum
The Department of Planning co-hosted a workshop, titled “Protecting Your Assets: A Forum for Subdivision Leaders”, with the Community Associations Institute and the Law Office of Marvin Nodiff in April at the Lodge of Des Peres. Planners collaborated with the attorneys to present a wide variety of practical and legal information to help homeowner association trustees perform their jobs more effectively. After the presentation, the planners and attorneys participated in a Q&A session with over 100 trustees in attendance.

By using native landscaping in common ground, subdivision associations can reduce maintenance costs, promote healthy ecosystems, and create more attractive and sustainable neighborhoods.

Native Commons Native Landscaping Demonstration Project
In an effort to increase awareness of the Native Landscaping Guidebook, published by the Planning Department in 2011, the Comprehensive Planning staff partnered with specialists from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to assist a subdivision in converting manicured common ground into a native prairie planting. Through the demonstration project, called The Native Commons, planners sought to provide planning and technical expertise as well as financial resources to support a subdivision in implementing the Native Landscaping Guidebook. An application

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process was initiated and a subdivision was selected in the spring. A variety of unforeseen circumstances caused the project to be cancelled. Both the Planning Department and MDC hope to revive the project again in the future.

Speaker’s Bureau
The St. Louis County Department of Planning’s Speaker’s Bureau is part of an ongoing effort to provide outreach to subdivisions in unincorporated areas. In 2012, presentations were made to two subdivisions with 80 people in attendance in unincorporated South County and West County.

Subdivision Trustee Vendor Tradeshow
The Comprehensive Planning Division teamed up with the St. Louis Chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI) to hold a Subdivision Trustee Vendor Tradeshow in March 2012. CAI is a national trade association that provides education, tools and resources to people who govern and manage homeowners’ associations, condominiums, and other planned communities. Their membership also includes vendors who provide a broad range of services for homeowners’ associations, including landscaping, security, and business services such as legal and accounting services. The Comprehensive Planning Division partnered with the local chapter, providing an opportunity for CAI vendor members and subdivision trustees throughout St. Louis County to interact and make contacts. The Comprehensive Planning Division and CAI have committed to holding another vendor tradeshow in 2013.

Subdivision Trustee Database
Since 1995, the Department of Planning has collected the names and addresses of subdivision trustees for subdivisions in unincorporated St. Louis County on a voluntary basis. The roster provides a means of keeping trustees better informed of St. Louis County activities and events. Trustees who are on the roster receive information and mailings about community meetings, workshops, new publications, and other items of interest to subdivisions and homeowner associations. In 2012, current trustees were asked to update their subdivision’s information. Presently, the Department of Planning maintains a database of approximately 1,800 subdivision trustees.

The 2012 CAI-sponsored vendor tradeshow for subdivision trustees was a great success with approximately 250 attendees.


Department of Planning | 2012 Annual Report

Public Outreach
Public Meetings and Events
Comprehensive Planning staff attended 33 public meetings and events outside of regular business hours throughout the year. Planners attended subdivision and community meetings; participated in neighborhood walks, cleanups and beautification activities; facilitated regional planning meetings; made presentations to various constituent groups and local officials; and attended numerous public hearings, council and commission meetings, and other events.

St. Louis County Direct Newsletter
In 2012, the Comprehensive Planning Division continued to coordinate and publish the St. Louis County DIRECT newsletter. The County Government newsletter highlights news and services from nearly every St. Louis County department. Four online editions of the St. Louis County DIRECT newsletter were published in January, April, July and October of 2012. Division staff also produced hard copies and large-print editions for residents upon request.

St. Louis County Webmaster
The Comprehensive Planning Division continued to coordinate and support Webmaster duties on behalf of St. Louis County Government. The Webmaster responds to inquiries about County Government services, requests for information, and comments about County Government. The Webmaster received 3,000 inquiries in 2012, an increase of about fifteen percent from 2011.

Speaking Engagements
The volume of inquiries through the St. Louis County website fluctuates based on outreach and communications from various County departments as well as events occurring in the County.

Gephardt Institute for Public Service
The Comprehensive Planning Manager participated on a panel as part of the National Council meeting of the Gephardt Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. The purpose of the panel was to discuss ways that agencies can partner with the Institute. During the summer, the Department of Planning hosted an intern who was designated a Civic Scholar of the Gephardt Institute.

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CoroTM Women in Leadership
The Department of Planning hosted a group from Coro™ Women in Leadership in the fall as part of their Government Day activities. The Coro™ Women In Leadership program is a five-month, part-time training program that provides women the opportunity to refine their personal and professional leadership competencies, learn about the St. Louis community, and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds.

Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School of Social Work
The Comprehensive Planning Manager was invited to give a guest lecture on poverty in St. Louis County to graduate students in a course entitled, Poverty and Inequality. Using maps, data, and research, poverty trends and conditions were presented to the class.

PLanning Support
The Comprehensive Planning Division provided planning and technical assistance to several internal County departments and organizations throughout the year. In 2012, support was provided to the following groups:

Commission on Disabilities
The Comprehensive Planning Division Manager facilitated an annual strategic planning session for the St. Louis County’s Commission on Disabilities and prepared a document outlining short- and long-term action items for the Commission’s 2013-2014 work plan. Additionally, assistance was provided in preparing the Commission on Disabilities’ annual report to the County Executive and County Council.

Department of Highways & Traffic / Public Works
Planners helped design and facilitate two work sessions for senior management staff to address operational improvements.

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Report to the County Executive and County Council February 24, 2012

Department of Human Services
The Comprehensive Planning Manager assisted senior management in developing an internal strategic planning process and facilitated several strategy sessions.

A report on the work of the Commission on Disabilities for St. Louis County was made to the County Executive and Council on February 24th, 2012.


Department of Planning | 2012 Annual Report

Department of Parks and Recreation
Planners assisted the Park Ranger Division by facilitating a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats session as part of a strategic planning assessment.

Office of the County Executive
Comprehensive Planning staff prepared and presented a demographics and housing conditions analysis of unincorporated areas of North County to an interdepartmental team coordinated by the County Executive’s Office. Planners also assisted in facilitating small group discussions about trends, conditions, and services in North County.


community development
The Office of Community Development (OCD) is charged with coordinating housing and community development activities that create sustainable neighborhoods and expand economic opportunities for county residents. OCD works in partnership with local communities, non-profit agencies, other County departments, and businesses to strengthen family, economic, social and cultural foundations of the community. Funds are targeted to carry out programs and activities benefiting low-and-moderate income households, elimination of slum and blight and address urgent needs as well as provide safe, sanitary and decent housing. The Office of Community Development administers the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Lead Hazard Control funds.

Jim Holtzman, Division Director Judith Candela Marsha Craten Mark Daugherty Amy Ellis Tom Filla Dan Georges, Division Manager Bob Gipson Andrea Holak Walter Jones Dennis Kajszo Andrea Kennedy Joshua Kraus Peggy LaJeuness Rose Loehr Tim Putnam Adam Roberts Mary Schepker Barb Sommer Katrina Sommer, Division Manager John Sullivan Nikki Thompson Sonya Venerable Brad Waller


Department of Planning | 2012 Annual Report

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Community Development Block Grants
In 2012, the Office of Community Development (OCD) received $4,565,169 in Community Development Block Grant funds. Additionally, OCD was the recipient of $1,431,315 in Supplemental Community Development Block Grant Recovery (CDBG-R) funds, a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. CDBG-R funds have been used for large infrastructure improvement projects, which are now complete. The intent of these funds is to help stimulate economic recovery in St. Louis County. Community development block grant expenditures
Administration Clearance Code Enforcement Interim Assistance Non Profit Capacity Building Parks and Playgrounds Planning Public Facilities Public Service Private Property Rehabilitation Senior Centers Street Improvements Water & Sewer $815,212 $270,232 $46,690 $19,976 $16,128 $71,240 $19,700 $252,914 $318,753 $2,525,284 $8,985 $577,905 $31,800



home improvement program
The Home Improvement Program (HIP) is a federally-funded program that provides technical advice and financial assistance to qualified homeowners for a variety of home repairs. The program is administered by the Office of Community Development. In 2012, the program completed repairs to 401 homes in St. Louis County and participating municipalities, spending $1,968,946 in Community Development Block Grant funding. Average expenditure per household is limited to $5,000. Funding to homeowners is awarded on a first-come first-served basis until all funds are committed. The program permits a one-time

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participation per homeowner. Applicants must be the owner and occupant of the property, current on mortgage payments and property taxes, and gross household income from all occupants must meet established low-moderate income guidelines. Funds can be used for system upgrades, repairs and replacements necessary to maintain minimum housing code standards. Homeowners are required to select their own general contractor and their assigned HIP Specialist will review and approve the bids. Homeowners sign a five-year Forgivable Loan Agreement providing for an annual reduction of twenty percent of the original amount of the grant, as long as they continue to own and occupy their house. For more information on the Home Improvement Program please visit our website at

lead-based paint hazard control program
St. Louis County continues to pursue an active role in eliminating the hazards of lead-based paint in its housing stock. In 2012, the Office of Community Development (OCD) continued work on its 2008 $2,070,680 lead grant and its 2010 $2,406,067 grant. Over 1,200 homes have been made “lead-safe” through the County’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program. Building owners have received grants and loans funded by six lead hazard control grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These grants provide forgivable loans to homeowners and dueupon-sale loans to landlords for lead paint control and abatement. Qualified applicants receive an inspection and risk assessment on their property. Emphasis is given to surfaces with flaking and pealing paint and impact and friction surfaces. Bid packages containing work specifications are bid out to pre-approved licensed lead abatement contractors. Dust and soil clearance tests are performed after the work has been completed. During 2012, OCD remediated lead-based paint hazards from 45 homes using funds from the 2008 grant award and 63 homes using funds from the 2010 grant award. Also, during 2012 OCD completed nine Healthy Homes cases using funding from the 2010 Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program grant. This was health and safety related repairs that were performed on units that had participated in the 2010 lead-based paint hazard control grant.

This home was made “lead safe” through the Lead Paint Hazard Control Program; Before (above) and After (below).


Department of Planning | 2012 Annual Report

Major components of past and future lead grant initiatives are education and outreach. The County’s Lead Education and Outreach Coordinator provides information, literature and do-it-yourself cleaning kits to homeowners, landlords, housing code enforcement personnel, daycare centers and schools. Policies and procedures learned from the lead program have been incorporated into the County’s Home Improvement Program (HIP) and HOME Program. Applicants can participate in both the HIP and Lead programs with many of the lead applicants coming from current or former HIP cases. Repairs to painted surfaces are not eligible under HIP unless they have tested negative for lead based paint. Under the HOME-funded Buyer’s Assistance Program, a visual inspection is made for flaking and peeling paint on all pre-1978 built homes. For more information on the Lead Hazard Control Program please visit our website at html.

Mortgage rescue fund
As a response to the foreclosure crisis, the Office of Community Development created the Mortgage Rescue Fund—a program to help existing homeowners who are currently threatened by foreclosure. The Mortgage Rescue Fund is designed to provide a qualifying individual or family with up to $1,500 for making mortgage payments. Mortgage Rescue Funds can cover up to three months worth of payments for the purpose of bringing the mortgage current. Qualifying homeowners are required to undergo counseling and attend a financial literacy program.

This garage is another example of the results of the St. Louis County Lead Paint Hazard Control Program; Before (above) and After (below).

ST. Louis Home consortium
In 2012, St. Louis County continued to manage and serve as the lead agency for the St. Louis HOME Consortium. St. Louis County originally formed the HOME Consortium in 2003 to allow adjacent local units of government (cities and counties) to receive HOME funds. The HOME Consortium consists of Florissant, St. Charles City, O’Fallon, St. Charles County, Jefferson County and St. Louis County. Members of the HOME Consortium are eligible to receive an allocation of HOME funds through St. Louis County. Together, the HOME Consortium increases the amount of federal funding available to the St. Louis region to produce more affordable housing choices for working class families.

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Consolidated Plan
As the lead agency for the St. Louis HOME Consortium, St. Louis County is responsible for preparing a Consolidated Plan, which is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in order for the Consortium to receive annual funding for the Community Development Block Grant, the Home Investment Partnership Grant and the Emergency Shelter Grant programs. The Consolidated Plan and an accompanying Annual Action Plan Update consists of all of the activities that the Consortium plans to undertake in any given year. The Consolidated Plan identifies housing, homeless, community, and economic development needs. This plan also contains an Annual Action plan which identifies activities that will be submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the County’s Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report at the end of the program year. During the mid and latter part of 2012, the Department of Planning was preparing the Third Annual Action plan covering the time period from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. This Third Annual Action plan is an extension of the previously developed Five Year Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2011-2015.

home buyer down payment assistance program
OCD administers the Home Buyer Downpayment Assistance program for all Consortium members. St. Louis County and the members contract with non-profit housing counseling agencies to prepare potential home buyers for the ultimate purchase of their first home. Classroom sessions, as well as one-on-one education sessions, cover home maintenance, budgeting, credit clean up, loan and insurance selection and overall education of the home buying process. In addition, the non-profit agencies provide post purchase counseling in the event homeowners need assistance after purchase. In an effort to be more proactive in ensuring the longterm affordability for our home buyers, the St. Louis County HOME Consortium requires housing counseling agencies to include energy conservation education in their curriculum. In 2012 calendar year the Consortium was able to assist 203 families acquire their first homes by providing over $1 million in down payment assistance, leveraging over $11.6 million in private financing to first time homebuyers that otherwise may not have been able to save the funds necessary to provide their own downpayment. For more information on the Home Buyer Assistance Program please visit our web site at CommunityDevelopment.


Department of Planning | 2012 Annual Report

housing production program
OCD received over $2.7 million in HOME funds during the year to produce affordable housing within the St. Louis HOME Consortium. This coordinated effort allows three counties, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County, along with three cities, Florissant, St Charles, and O’Fallon to obtain federal HOME Investment Partnership Funds from the federal government. Approximately $2 million of those funds are available for use in St. Louis County. In targeted areas throughout incorporated and unincorporated St. Louis County HOME funding is used to leverage private and public investment dollars to acquire, renovate or build new housing for low- and moderate-income families. St. Louis County OCD has placed an emphasis on the rehabilitation of foreclosed properties and has funded two projects; one in North County and one in the Lemay area of South County. New construction has been limited to the replacement of formerly blighted structures as part of specific neighborhood redevelopment projects in Lemay and University City. OCD continues to accept applications for developments via an open application method. Due to changes in the federal regulations restricting for sale development under the HOME program, for sale housing production will be scaled back in future years. For more information on the Housing Production Program please visit our web site at CommunityDevelopment/ForSaleHousingProduction.

rental housing development
Affordable rental developments leverage funds from a number of sources to construct and maintain units in St. Louis County. This year the County completed the rehab of a 36-unit senior citizen apartment project in Lemay and plans to place more of an emphasis on rental housing for projects taking place in 2013. In addition other low income housing tax credit projects were developed with St. Louis County’s support.
This home at 11551 Criterion Avenue in Spanish Lake was rehabilitated and put back on the market through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Before (above) and After (below).

For more information on the Rental Housing Production Program please visit our website at: http://www.stlouisco. com/PropertyandRoads/CommunityDevelopment/ RentalHousingProduction.

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neighborhood stabilization program
St. Louis County was awarded an allocation of Federal and State funds under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008. These emergency funds were used to acquire, rehab, demolish and either sell or rent foreclosed, or abandoned homes in targeted areas of St. Louis County. The OCD is now well into the process of financing the acquisition and development of housing in its targeted areas. To date, 134 properties have been acquired and rehabilitated or demolished; 78 have sold with several others currently under construction and 15 have been demolished. Twenty-five percent of the funds allocated must be utilized to assist families at or below 50% of the area median income and 32 were leased to qualifying low-income tenants; these rental properties will remain affordable for a period of fifteen (15) years. NSP 3 funds of $3.8 million were awarded through State and Federal grants to St. Louis County for additional acquisition, rehabilitation, and demolition of foreclosed properties in targeted areas of St. Louis County. Acquisition of property is currently underway and it is expected we will add an additional 60 units of housing to our portfolio with the initial funding with an option of acquiring more foreclosed property with program income in future years. For more information about the NSP program, or to see a listing of properties for sale visit on our website: http://www. NeighborhoodStabilizationProgram.

Kitchen renovation at 11551 Criterion through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Before (above) and After (below).


Department of Planning | 2012 Annual Report

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support services
The Support Services Division’s functions include data management, maintenance of zoning and subdivision files, notification of public hearings, and zoning and Board of Zoning Adjustment fieldwork. The Division also provides support to staff planners and community development specialists on many different projects.

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