Friday, November 16, 2012
St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force strives to strike balance among diverse, often opposing public views on shaping the city's future.
The St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force on Wednesday night pressed on with final revisions of a draft plan that will be the subject of an open house in two weeks, followed by a final meeting in December before the proposal would be passed to the Plan Commission. Like everyone else, task force members are headed into the holidays — but they also are entering into the home stretch of their efforts. Once they pass the draft plan along with their recommendation to the St. Charles Plan Commission, their work will be complete, Task Force Chairman Mark Armstrong said before the start of Wednesday’s meeting. When the Plan Commission accepts the baton, the draft plan moves to the next stage of the approval process that ultimately would end …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Panel struggles with details on downtown parking as discussion of residential use in West Gateway area draws fire from representative of Near West Neighborhood Association.
Members of the St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force met Wednesday night to begin ironing out some of the finer details of a plan officials hope to use to guide development across the city for the next two decades. The task force’s work is far from over. It is scheduled to meet Oct. 30 to continue the work is began this week, as well as a meeting in November. After that, St. Charles Planning Division Manager Russell Colby said, once the task force is comfortable with the draft plan, there will be a public open house. Then the comprehensive plan would go before the St. Charles Planning Commission for a recommendation, and then there would be a hearing before the City Council. Wednesday evening’s work focused on tweaking and changing …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Dear editor, On Wednesday, the St Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force reviewed three subarea plans — East Gateway, Downtown and West Gateway. Mr. David Patzelt (president, Shodeen, Inc) leveled criticism of the wording and content of the three alternative plans for the former St Charles Mall site, property owned by Shodeen. Task Force response to his remarks suggests that the community workshops and input collected since their June 6th appointment carry far less weight than do the comments of one developer. Based on his criticism of the West Gateway draft, to quote, “I don't see opportunity for residential,” and “it doesn’t allow for residential use above retail,” “I don't want to discuss the number of units, just uses” and the tone of …