The Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission last week supported a plan to rezone property near Highway 100 and Highway M in Villa Ridge.

St. Mary Capital Partners, LLC, requested a rezoning of about 6 acres from nonurban and agricultural to community development. The property is located at Highway M and St. Louis Rock Road.

At the Jan. 16 meeting, the plan board voted to support the rezoning request. The final decision will be made by the Franklin County Commission.

Beau Reinberg with St. Mary said his company is under contract to buy the property and wants to use it for commercial purposes.

The property is zoned as commercial on the county’s future land use map.

Reinberg said he plans to use the property to develop self storage units on the site if the zoning change is approved.

County Highway Administrator Ron Williams said he didn’t see any issues to oppose the change.

“I can’t see why this wouldn’t be proper,” he said.

The rest of the board agreed and unanimously backed the change.

PUD Approved

The board also backed a plan for a proposed planned urban development for the Villas at Franklin County Country Club in a community development zoning district.

The plan was first presented in November for preliminary review. The board unanimously approved the project at the Jan. 16 meeting. The final approval will come from Planning Director Scottie Eagan.

The property is located on Broadmoor Drive just off Highway A in the Krakow area.

Unlike with other developments, the property has already been partly developed. There is water, sewer and other infrastructure needed to support the proposal on the site.

Cameron Lueken, with Wunderlich Surveying and Engineering, said the infrastructure is in place because the county already approved The Villas in 2005. That development started as a condo project, but has since changed course.

Lueken said condos aren’t as popular now as they were in 2005. He said the market has changed and the developer wants to change the plan.

The new plan calls for a 41-lot PUD on 14.74 acres. The 12 existing units will be integrated into the new plan, Lueken said.

The Villas will be a mix of single-family and zero-lot line homes. The single-family homes are the reason the PUD is needed.

The single-family homes as proposed are not allowed in a community development zoning district because of lot size requirements. A PUD would allow the construction.

Lueken said the PUD proposal had 100 percent buy-in from the current residents.

Subdivision Approved

In its final action of the night, the board approved a three-lot subdivision preliminary plat in the Labadie area.

The property is located at 201/209 Decker Road.

Dale Jones said their mother had recently passed away and the family wants to divide the property among the three siblings.

Jones said he and his siblings had already determined the lots, they just need the division formally approved.

There was talk about part of the property being in a flood plain.

Williams said any plans to build on one of the parcels would require a lot of work and flood planning. However, as far as he was concerned, the plat is sufficient.

The board voted to approve the plat. Commissioner Jay Schultehenrich was the lone opposition.

Eagan will make the final approval on the final plat.