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Planning Commission recommends OK of development at Gravois, Musick roads


December 12, 2012 - The county Planning Commission voted last week to recommend approval of rezoning requests for a single-family development at Gravois and Musick roads.

McBride & Son Homes and J.H. Berra requested a zoning change from a Mixed-Use Development District and Flood-Plain Mixed-Use Development District to R-4, 7,500-square-foot Residence District and FPR-4 Flood Plain 7,500-square-foot Res-idence District for 52.2 acres.

The developer, McBride Berra LLC, also requested a Planned Environment Unit procedure in the R-4, 7,500-square-foot Residence District and FPR-4 Flood Plain 7,500-square-foot Residence District.

The Planning Commission voted 8-0 Dec. 3 to recommend approval of the development to the County Council. Commission member Matthew Lampe was absent.

The development would have 124 homes, which is less than what an R-4 District could support, according to the county Department of Planning's information report.

A previous proposal by Gravois Co. LLC for the same tract of land proposed 164 single-family residences.

The cost of homes in the development would range from $275,000 to $600,000.

Residents who addressed the county Planning Commission during a hearing last month expressed concern about increased and cut-through traffic and future development for part of the land owned by McBride Berra that was excluded from the current proposal.

Improvements to Musick Road along the "frontage of the site," including an additional right-of-way and pavement to provide a center, left-turn lane along the frontage, are included with the Planning Commission's recommendation.

Sidewalks also will be required along Musick Road, according to the information report.

Additionally, McBride Berra, proposed a 40-foot right-of-way with a sidewalk on one side, according to Debi Salberg of the Department of Planning, as opposed to the traditional 50-foot right-of-way with a sidewalk on both sides.

Salberg told the commission the Department of Planning also included a "pedestrian connection" from Musick Road to Grant's Trail as a condition of development.

The roughly 14-acre tract of land owned by the developer, but not included in the proposal, raised concerns for residents who do not want a commercial use in a residential area.

Salberg said the Planning Commission would have to consider any development that would occur in that part of the property.


Tags: St. Louis County News


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