A planner is a professional who prepares for the development and management of urban and suburban areas. Planners consider a wide array of issues related to such things as land use, transportation, the environment, housing, commercial development, local, state, and national legislation, and zoning codes.
What is AICP?
AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) is the American Planning Association's professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. AICP certified planners carry a high mark of distinction because they are required to meet rigorous standards, maintain their expertise through continuing education, and serve community interests.
Who can help me understand what is planned for a particular property or area?
You may visit the Department of Community Development at our office or call (314) 291-6550. A planner is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The planner can also tell you if there have been any recent Plan amendments or projects that may affect the property or its surrounding area.
Where can I get a copy of the Comprehensive Plan?
You can use the Plan for reference purposes at city hall. The Plan (including copies of any amendments) is located on the Comprehensive Plan page of the city website.
Can the Comprehensive Plan be changed?
The Comprehensive Plan is a “living” document, meaning that it is intended to evolve based on changes occurring in the city and region. The city is currently in the process of updating and amending the Comprehensive Plan. Proposed amendments to the plan are submitted to a public review process that includes public hearings before the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission must vote affirmatively to adopt an amendment in order to change the Plan. Contact the Department of Community Development at (314) 291-6550 for information about the Comprehensive Plan amendment process.
Who can tell me how the vacant land near my property can be used?
A staff member of the Planning Department may be consulted regarding the following development information:
What the land is planned for regarding future use;
If it is public property, such as a school site, parkland, city owned property or;
If it is open space dedicated to, and owned by a Subdivision Homeowners Association for open space purposes.
Who can tell me what public or road improvements are planned near my property/community?
Contact the Department of Public Works, (314) 291-6550. The Transportation Plan and Capital Improvement Plan are also part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
Where can I get information about the planning and funding process for public improvements?
The Comprehensive Plan includes guidance about planned public facilities. However, the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is the city’s five-year guidance document for implementing these improvements. For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works, (314) 291-6550.