You can read a good summary of the August 23 Planning Commission meeting at www.marylandheightspatch.com, an online source for local news.  The full article can be found here: http://marylandheights.patch.com/articles/dont-call-us-stupid-sir-maryland-heights-residents-continue-opposition-to-development#c.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 27.  Save the date!
 
 
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Developers of Maryland Pointe, in the front row, looked a tad uncomfortable when the audience stood to reveal through pictures the multitude of commercial vacancies already available in the area.
An overflow crowd with standing room only -- fueled overwhelmingly by people opposing the Maryland Pointe development -- filled the government chambers tonight.  A succession of area residents spoke passionately for an hour on why this development must not be allowed to proceed.

The highlight of the evening occurred when one speaker illustrated the amount of commercial vacancies already present in the area in a slide presentation, followed by a majority of attendees standing and holding pictures of actual buildings and "for rent/sale" signs to drive the point home.

Also noteworthy were the "boos" attracted by the developers' Armstrong Teasdale attorney when he implied the audience wasn't informed on the planning process.  In case he is confused or mistaken, hear this:  Yes we are.
 
 
If you think the Maryland Pointe development can't be stopped, think again.  All it takes is public participation -- that would be you -- in the process.  Public officials really can't do the job of representing us if we never say what we want.  Now is the time.

The public hearing for Maryland Pointe has been delayed FOUR times.  Could it be the developers know they need all their ducks in a row to present to the Planning Commission on August 23?  Even then, it won't be enough.

This development is bad for Maryland Heights, bad for the region, bad for Creve Coeur Park.  This is the time when your voice can makes a difference, for generations to come.
 
 
Some people say we can’t stop this project because we can’t interfere with a landowner’s right to sell.  A landowner does have a right to sell, we’re agreed on that point.  But we CAN have a say in how the land is used once it’s sold.  The truth is no landowner can do whatever they want with their land in the City of Maryland Heights. For example, you can’t raise chickens on it.  And you can’t tear down your house and open a tavern in a residential area.

Can a landowner sell their property?  Yes.  Does that mean the buyer can put up whatever they want? No.  And no one knows this better than the Planning Commissioners and City Council members.  And now, you.

A landowner's right to sell doesn't mean developers can put up whatever they want.  We CAN SAY NO to Maryland Pointe.  Say it to the Planning Commission on Tuesday, August 23, and make sure your city council rep knows what you think, too.
 
 
We now have flyers printed up about the Planning Commission meeting on August 23.  We need your help getting the word out to residents and others who care about Creve Coeur Park and open spaces.  Contact us if you can distribute a few in your neighborhood.

We are also continuing to get signatures on the petition that opposes large-scale commercial development adjacent to the park.  You can sign the petition online, or get signatures on a hard copy.  Again, just contact us and we'll get you set up.

Most importantly, plan on coming to the August 23 meeting and speaking your mind!
 
 
Find out at Maryland Heights Residents for Responsible Growth's next monthly meeting:

Saturday August 13, 2011
9:30-11:00 am  (drop in anytime)
Bridgeton Trails Library
3455 McKelvey Road, 63044
Next to the DePaul Hospital Complex

It's not exactly common knowledge, but there is a master plan for Creve Coeur Park.  We really don't know all the details, but we know who does.  Our guest Chris Ludwig, of the St. Louis County Parks Department, will present the Creve Coeur Park Master Plan and talk about the latest developments.

We will also have flyers about the next Planning Commission meeting on August 23, at which Maryland Pointe developers will again present their case for massive retail development next to Creve Coeur Park.  You can pick up a petition, buy aT-shirt and meet like-minded people -- see you there!
 
 
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Maryland Pointe developers have continually talked about creating a retail center across from Creve Coeur Park that is "sustainable" and a "regional shopping destination."  But we already have oneThies Farm.  

Thies Farm draws shoppers from around the region throughout the growing season and into the fall. 

It's a family-run operation that began as a truck farm in 1885 on North Hanley Road, a location that has been in continuous operation ever since.  Today, the fifth generation of the Thies family operates that location as well as the one in Maryland Heights, which is "only" around 30 years old, and a new location in St. Charles.

The Maryland Pointe project would REPLACE Thies Farm.  It is the height of irony that this truly unique and sustainable family business would be paved over with dime-a-dozen stores such as PetCo, WalMart, Target and Home Depot.  How "sustainable" and "unique" are enterprises such as TCBY, Sonic or a gas station? 

Help stop this madness -- come to the August 23 Planning Commission meeting and speak against this proposal.

 
 
Don Corrigan, editor and columnist at the Webster-Kirkwood Times, recently wrote a column about the Maryland Pointe development proposed in Maryland Heights' Howard Bend.  Why should he care?

Well, as he so eloquently points out, the fate of Creve Coeur Park is of great interest and concern to people around the region.  Afterall, it is the number-one visited park in St. Louis County. 

Meanwhile, Maryland Pointe developers are making a case that their project will be a regional draw.   Indeed, the park is part of that draw.  But you can't base your business plan on attracting regional customers, then turn around and say those regional residents have no right to to sign a petition expressing their disapproval of the development.  Either they matter or they don't.

The fact is, more than 3,400 people from around the region have signed the petition to oppose this development.  Have you?