Development Code & Zoning Map Update

Public Comment Period

The first drafts of the proposed development code and zoning map update are now available for public review, and we want your input! The public comment period is open until September 18, 2020. Please submit all comments to:   

Louis Clayton, AICP
Director of Community Development
200 Civic Center Dr.
Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367

Once the public comment period is closed, City staff will create updated drafts based on the public comments received. The updated drafts will then be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Aldermen where both bodies will hold public hearings, providing additional opportunity for public comment and consideration prior to adoption.

Documents for Review

Documents for Reference

Project Overview

In December 2018, the City hired PGAV Planners, a St. Louis-based consulting firm, to perform a comprehensive update of the City’s land use regulations (primarily Chapters 400-445 and Chapter 245 of the Municipal Code) and zoning map.

The land use regulations, in their current form, were adopted in 1988 and have been amended nearly 200 times since then. The goal of the project is to update the land use regulations to implement recommendations of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, incorporate best practices, improve user-friendliness, guide more consistent decision-making, and simplify administration.

The City will seek input from residents, business owners, elected and appointed officials, and other stakeholders throughout the process.

Land Use Regulations 101

Land use regulations (also referred to as the "development code") are ordinances adopted by the City that affect the development and use of land. The most common form of land-use regulation is zoning (use the zoning map to view the City’s current zoning map and zoning regulations).

Every lot in the City is assigned a zoning classification which when grouped together, comprise larger zoning districts. The zoning code regulates the uses allowed within each zoning district (e.g. residential, commercial, industrial) as well as the physical characteristics (e.g. height, setbacks) of buildings within each zoning district.

Other types of land use regulations include subdivision, signage, parking, and landscaping regulations, and design guidelines.

Project Timeline

The project is divided into two phases described below and will be completed within 12 to 18 months.  

Phase 1

Information and Fact Finding

  • Kickoff Meeting with City Staff - January 23, 2019
  • Community Survey - February 6, 2019
  • Stakeholder Meeting (Invitation Only) - February 26, 2019
  • Land Use Regulation Review & Critique - July 16, 2019
  • Public Open House - July 22, 2019 5-7 PM at City Hall

Phase II

Work Sessions, Public Hearings and Adoption

  • Draft Land Use Regulation Update & Zoning Map - Spring/Summer 2020
  • Planning & Zoning Commission & Board of Aldermen Workshop - July 20, 2020
  • Public Hearings and Adoption - Summer/Fall 2020

Check this page regularly for project updates and opportunities to provide feedback.