A public hearing was held regarding the rezoning the annexing and zoning of a 42.06 acre parcel of land in order to build a new gated community, St. Maria’s, developed by Mike Woessner.

A public hearing was held regarding the rezoning the annexing and zoning of a 42.06 acre parcel of land in order to build a new gated community, St. Maria’s, developed by Mike Woessner.

The proposed ordinance would have the City of Rolla annex the subjected parcel and zone it as a Multi-Family District. It was requested by Woessner that the annexation only be approved if the rezoning would be approved as well. Likewise, the development agreement was asked to only be approved following the approval of the annexation and zoning.

The proposed development is described in council documents as “a low-density, amenity-rich subdivision of brick or stone exterior, two-story, vertically-attached dwelling units…with gated, private streets.” It is anticipated that, if all lots are developed with four-unit dwellings, there will be a maximum of 228 units on the parcel of land. The amenities that are to go with the community, listed as a dog park, natural areas and clubhouse, are “features that could promote healthy lifestyles, community, and recreation,” according to the proposal.

The land in question is located, according to council documents, “250 feet north of the intersection of Liberty Drive and McCutchen Drive.”

During the public hearing, Deborah Castle, Managing Member of Scott Family Investments, gave comment on the proposed development.

“I applaud Mike Woessner for developing in Rolla and believe we should have respect for those willing to invest in our community,” she said. She explained that while she supports the request for multi-family zoning and the annexation, there are some factors she wishes the council to consider.

She said the plan for the subdivision is “to keep the streets private with a homeowners association taking over maintenance when the development is done.”

“I see this as a formula for disaster,” she said. “The only reason I can see to saddle homeowners with this responsibility is to save upfront money by building substandard streets…Streets that are not built with a proper base are a nightmare to maintain and asking a loose group of homeowners or investors to come tougher and come up with the money for road maintenance is asking for problems.”

Castle requested the council to require the subdivision’s be built to city standards as part of the development agreement.

Following the public hearing, the council heard the first reading of the ordinance, the final reading will be given at the next City Council meeting.

A second rezoning proposal was heard regarding the potential construction of a small car sales lot. The parcels of  land, currently vacant and located near North Spillman Avenue and U.S. Highway 63, are owned by the Windfred B. & Tina M. Eudaly Trust. The applicant has signed a real estate agreement with the trust for the purchase of the land, contingent on the approval of the proposed rezoning ordinance.

Sue Eudaly spoke in favor of the rezoning during the portion held for public comment.

“They (the founders of the trust always felt that this property should be commercial,” she said.

The council will hear the final reading of the second ordinance at the next council meeting as well.