The Stakeholder Advisory Committee formed in January to work with the City of Maryland Heights on the preparation of a development plan for the Maryland Park Lake District held its first public meeting on April 6 and began its planning work. Twenty-one representatives from economic and infrastructure partners got an overview of the City’s vision for the 2,000+ acre area and discussed a wide range of transportation, wastewater and economic development planning issues. Agencies participating in the meeting included:
- Louis Economic Development Partnership;
- Louis County Planning Commission;
- Louis County Parks and Recreation Department;
- Louis County Highway Department;
- Major land owners including Creve Coeur Airport, Penn Gaming/Hollywood Casino, McBride Homes and Riverport Business Park;
- Transportation agencies including Metro and East-West Gateway;
- Howard Bend Levee District;
- Great Rivers Greenway;
- Public school districts including Pattonville and Parkway; and
- Fire protection districts including Maryland Heights, Pattonville and Monarch.
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee is charged with consulting and preparing findings and recommendations for the Maryland Heights City Council, Economic Development Commission and Planning Commission regarding individual elements of the development area’s infrastructure, conceptual develop and economic development plans.
“We are seeking the advice of these highly knowledgeable people and the agencies they represent, and we will share their advice with our City’s elected and appointed officials,” said Wayne Oldroyd, Director of Community Development for the City of Maryland Heights. “This first meeting fostered a positive atmosphere for a productive dialogue that we hope to continue until the Committee completes its important work. We are extremely thankful and appreciative for their active participation.”
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will meeting again in May, and plans to hold additional meetings and eventually a public hearing to share their findings with the City. The meetings are open to the public, and the public may also submit written comments to the Committee through the Maryland Park Lake District website at www.mplakedistrict.com. This website will be updated regularly with new information from the Committee, including all meeting notices.