The public hearing on the Maryland Pointe development has just been moved -- for the FOURTH time -- to August 23. Hmmm. Time to make a few calls to your city council representatives or other city officials and ask what the heck is going on. Let us know what you find out, and we will do the same.
"A land full of places that are not worth caring about will soon be a nation and a way of life that is not worth defending."
-- James Howard Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere (1993)
This is another post in a series addressing the untruths and hot air blowing around about the Maryland Pointe development proposed next to Creve Coeur Park.
There is a rumor -- oh so scary! -- that the city will be sued if this development is not allowed to happen. News flash! This is America: Anyone can sue anyone else, at any time, for any reason. It doesn't mean the suit has any value, except to the lawyers involved, for whom it has plenty of value, we're sure.
So, the next time you hear this rumor, politely tell the messenger, "So what? We can't control who sues whom. We can only control what happens with development in Howard Bend." Nicely, of course.
This is the first in a series of posts dealing with lies and deceptions surrounding the plan to put a regional retail center (Maryland Pointe) next to Creve Coeur Park. We will address them as necessary, but this first one is undoubtedly the most important.
There is a rumor going around that the Maryland Pointe development can’t be stopped. But the truth is this development can only go forward with the active support of the planning commissioners and city council. The land in question is zoned agriculture/non-urban use and the comprehensive plan calls for office and mixed uses. The Maryland Pointe proposal is inconsistent with this land use. For this to move forward, the Planning Commission and the City Council will have to go out of their way to rezone the land. So let’s be clear: If this proposal goes forward, it will be because they decide to make it happen – NOT because they couldn’t stop it.
Mark your calendar for the NEW public hearing date for the Maryland Pointe development that will replace Thies Farm and acres of other open space next to Creve Coeur Park. Why the many delays, you may ask? So did we. We didn't get much of an answer from city staff, but we did get an earful from other sources about delaying hearings as a routine tactic of developers to diffuse the opposition to their plans. Let's make sure that doesn't happen by packing the house on July 26!
The next hearing is:
Tuesday, July 26
Maryland Heights Government Center