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.


Documents: 
2022 Comprehensive Plan Amendment regarding Multifamily Housing Considerations
2015 Comprehensive Plan
2015 Comprehensive Plan Presentation