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Sep 28

A Message from the County Executive: Planning Growth

Posted on September 28, 2023 at 4:16 PM by Bryanna Hartmann

It’s no secret that St. Charles County has seen a lot of growth in the past 10-20 years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, which conducts counts every 10 years, our population was 283,083 in 2000; 360,485 in 2010; and 405,262 in 2020. It is estimated to be 418,696 this year.

With that growth comes the need for additional housing, infrastructure, and other resources. Your County government is constantly working to address all of these issues.

As I’m sure you are aware, there has been a lot of residential construction in the past several years. Single-family homes, condos, villas, and apartments seem to be popping up everywhere.

There is a process developers must follow when wanting to build in unincorporated St. Charles County, and while some may think it’s a lengthy one, others may not think it’s enough. But it was developed to make certain we adhere to the County’s Master Plan – our community’s vision for future growth and development. The Master Plan is reviewed and updated every five years by a 16-member Steering Committee composed of 11 residents from across the county, two County Council members and three County staff members. Public input plays an important role in the Master Plan process.

Development proposals submitted to St. Charles County for approval follow a specific process. After careful study by the County’s Planning and Zoning Division staff, applications requiring approval by the County Council are then reviewed by the County Planning and Zoning Commission. The Commission, which is composed of residents from across the county, considers technical information such as ordinances, plans, and recommendations by Planning and Zoning staff.

The Commission holds a public hearing to listen to and understand the concerns of property owners and neighbors, and then makes a recommendation to the County Council for approval or denial. The County Council considers information from the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as additional public input before making decisions. The County’s Master Plan is an important consideration in this process.

If there is a development you want to learn more about or want to voice your opinion on, I encourage you to attend a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting or County Council meeting when the developments are being discussed. Or, reach out to your County Council representative to express your opinion about the matter.

Your County government is dedicated to making St. Charles County the best place it can be to live, work and play, and that means listening to concerns and getting feedback from all residents.