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Comprehensive Plan
In April 2000, a Committee of the Planning and Zoning Commission was appointed to review the city’s current Comprehensive Plan.

Over the next two years, Committee members worked with the City Planner, James S. Bokern, City Administrator Douglas J. Harms, Director of Public Works Denis G. Knock, and City Attorney Kevin M. O’Keefe to develop a new Comprehensive Plan for the City of Des Peres. The Committee held 29 meetings 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 work started in June 2014. As of November 2014, Part One has been completed. 

City-Wide Survey
In February 2003, the City conducted a telephone poll of adult residents that asked them about some of the planning issues facing the City. The results of the survey are on file with the City Clerk at City Hall.

Two open house public meetings were held on May 21 and May 28, 2003, to receive citizen input on the plan. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on June 4, 2003, to receive comments on the plan.

The Commission approved the plan by resolution on June 11, 2003.