Comprehensive Plan

Current Comprehensive Plan & Related Documents
A comprehensive plan is intended to serve as the guide for the development of the City and a foundation for land use and zoning decisions made by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Aldermen. Because the land use and development direction set by the Comprehensive Plan can impact certain areas of the City, or the entire City, the residents of Des Peres should have input and the plan should reflect their vision. As a reference, it should be noted that, as in virtually every state, certain state laws dictate to greater or lesser degrees the need for and content of a comprehensive plan and its relation to state and local land use laws. In the State of Missouri, the preparation of a plan is prescribed by certain sections of Chapter 89 of the Missouri Revised Statutes as noted below:

89.340: City plan, contents-zoning plan. The commission shall make and adopt a city plan for the physical development of the municipality. The city plan, with the accompanying maps, plats, charts and descriptive and explanatory matter, shall show the commission's recommendations for the physical development and uses of land, and may include, among other things, the general location, character and extent of streets and other public ways, grounds, places and spaces; the general location and extent of public utilities and terminals, whether publicly or privately owned; the acceptance, widening, removal, extension, relocation, narrowing, vacation, abandonment or change of use of any of the foregoing; the general character, extent and layout of the forgoing; the general character, extent and layout of the replanning of blighted districts and slum areas.

Missouri Revised Statutes require that zoning regulations be based on a comprehensive plan as shown in the following excerpt:

89.040: Purpose of regulations. Such regulations shall be made in accordance with a comprehensive plan and designed to lessen congestion in the streets; to secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers; to promote health and the general welfare; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to preserve features of historical significance; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewage, schools, parks, and other public requirements.

In April 2000, a Committee of the Planning and Zoning Commission was appointed to review the city’s current Comprehensive Plan. Over a period of two years, Committee members worked with city staff to review the plan and develop the final draft. The draft was presented to the entire Commission and the Board of Aldermen at a workshop in September 2002. The plan was reviewed at two subsequent Commission meetings in November 2002 and January 2003.

As part of the 2014 Budget, money was allocated to update the City's Comprehensive Plan. PGAV Planners was selected to assist the city with the effort and review and updating of the City Comprehensive Land Use Plan started in June 2014 as directed by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Two public engagement workshops were held (one late 2014 and another in early 2015), as well as, an online public engagement site established for the public to comment on the project and to facilitate with polls and surveys.  A draft of the updated document was presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission in July 2015. On September 9th, the Plan Commission held a public hearing on the document; at the meeting, the Commission agreed to continue to accept written public comments thru the end of September with the intention of considering adoption of the Comprehensive Plan at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

View the Draft for Final Review: 2015 Comprehensive Plan
View the Public Hearing Summary Presentation to the Planning and Zoning Commission:
2015 Comprehensive Plan Presentation