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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 the next 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, last reviewed over ten years ago in 2003. 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. 

Part One of the 2014 plan consists of background information:

1. An introduction which includes a summary of the City's history and growth and development trends and patterns;
2. Update of the socio-economic and demographic makeup of the City using data from the 2003 Plan as a basis;
3. Update of key transportation elements, again using date from the 2003 Plan as a basis; and
4. A summary of planning issues identified from the results of the PGAV field review of all properties in the City, input from City officials and staff, input from the Comprehensive Planning Committee, and initial public input sessions.

Part two will include:
5. Update of the Planning Area analyses and recommendations for the various sub-areas of the City as identified in the 203 Comprehensive Plan;
6. Discussion of potential boundary adjustments or potential annexations;
7. A review of the current zoning code as may be impacted by recommendations evolving from this 2014 Comprehensive Plan and general recommendations regarding the current structure and provisions of the zoning code.
Comprehensive Public Input Survey
The city is seeking your input as residents and business owners of Des Peres. Please use the link below to engage in the 2014 comprehensive planning process and share your vision for Des Peres with us: