The new Citywide Land Use Plan the first new plan since 1947 is finished. It is a very interesting document. (To review the plan, click here.)
This new plan reflects a great deal of collaborative discussion between City planning/development officials and the aldermen who represent our City neighborhoods. Together, officials and aldermen have crafted a living document that reflects my intention to recognize, celebrate, and preserve our historic building stock, while also planning for the sorts of new developments that will make the City a desirable place to live and work for more people.
The plan designates locations in these categories:Neighborhood Preservation Areas, where the intent is to preserve the fabric of the neighborhood, encourage the rehabilitation and preservation of existing homes, and encourage new construction that complements the existing fabric.Neighborhood Development Areas, where stable existing properties will be respected, but where it will also be possible to develop “new neighborhoods” with a variety of housing types.Neighborhood Commercial Areas, where the intent is to preserve the existing neighborhood business districts and attract quality retail to them.Regional Commercial Areas, where the intent is to preserve existing regional retail operations and develop new ones—including stores like IKEA, Target, Lowes, and Home Depot that draw from a wide geographic area.Business Preservation Areas include areas like the Anheuser-Busch complex, where the intent is to preserve the existing businesses.Business Development Areas include areas like parts of the North Riverfront, where the intent is to foster the development of new campuses capable of supporting modern business development.Institutional Areas, where the intent is to preserve and expand the City’s significant institutional presences, large and small. Such institutional areas include the BJC complex, Saint Louis University, other major campuses, and the churches, schools and other institutions that are critically important in a neighborhood’s quality of life.Parks and Open Space, where the intent is to preserve the City’s existing parks and open space. A specific city-wide plan for parks and open space is currently under development, and will be overlaid on the land use plan.Specialty Mixed Use Areas include areas like the Central West End and Downtown St. Louis, where the area’s hallmark is the diversity of land uses. Opportunity Areas are those areas where planners believe that a significant high quality opportunity exists, but where no specific high quality plan has yet emerged.
The revitalization of the City of St. Louis is a work in progress. The plan itself is certainly not intended as a static document. Elements of the plan can and will change over time as new opportunities emerge and as the market for City real estate is rebuilt.