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Bear Creek Residents Protest Proposed Sam's Club

Express concerns with location, traffic congestion to planning and zoning board.

Residents of Bear Creek and surrounding neighborhoods filled Thursday night to question the location of the proposed Sam's Club location. The city's planning and zoning board heard several items related to the planned store. 

The board's recommendations face a vote by the city's board of aldermen. 

The residents unanimously expressed concern about the impact of the store on traffic in the area. Many noted that congestion already exists and said they didn't believe that plans to improve roadways would do enough to alleviate the problems.

The planning and zoning agenda was dominated by the Sam's Club proposal. The Sam's Club items on the agenda are as follows:

Public Hearings

  • Jeffrey Otto of THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owner, Mark and Kelly Hinch, is requesting approval to rezone 3 acres, mol from A - Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial. The site is located on the east side of May Road, approximately 1,000 feet north of Bear Creek Drive and known as 268 May Road.
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owner, Steven and Mary Beth Heying, is requesting approval to rezone 3.1 acres, mol from A - Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial. The site is located on the east side of May Road, approximately 1,350 feet north of Bear Creek Drive.
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owner, David and Deborah Demien, is requesting approval to rezone 5 acres, mol from A - Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial. The site is located on the east side of May Road, approximately 1,200 feet north of Bear Creek Drive and known as 276 May Road.

New Business

  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owners, Mark and Kelly Hinch, Steven and Mary Beth Heying, David and Deborah Demien and PILP, LLC are requesting approval of a Record Plat for Bear Creek Commercial East. The site is located on the northeast corner of May Road and Bear Creek Drive.
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owner, Mark and Kelly Hinch, is requesting approval to rezone 3.0 acres, mol from A - Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial. The site is located on the east side of May Road, approximately 1,000 feet north of Bear Creek Drive and known as 268 May Road.
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owner, Steven and Mary Beth Heying, is requesting approval to rezone 3.1 acres, mol from A - Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial. The site is located on the east side of May Road, approximately 1,350 feet north of Bear Creek Drive.
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owner, David and Deborah Demien, is requesting approval to rezone 5.0 acres, mol from A - Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial. The site is located on the east side of May Road, approximately 1,200 feet north of Bear Creek Drive and known as 276 May Road.
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owner’s, Mark and Kelly Hinch, Steven and Mary Beth Heying, David and Deborah Demien and PILP, LLC, are requesting approval of a Preliminary Plat known as Bear Creek Commercial East. The site is located on the northeast corner of May Road and Bear Creek Drive.
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owners, Mark and Kelly Hinch, Steven and Mary Beth Heying, David and Deborah Demien and PILP, LLC are requesting Site Plan approval for Sam’s Club Store. The site is located on the northeast corner of May Road and Bear Creek Drive.
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant and property owner, is requesting Site Plan approval for Sam’s Club Fuel Station. The site is located on the south side of Bear Creek Drive, approximately 600 feet west of W. Pearce Blvd. and known as 1221 W. Pearce Blvd.
  • THF Bear Creek Development, LLC, applicant on behalf of the property owner, Carl Carlie of PILP, LLC, is requesting approval of a Directory Sign for Sam's Club. The site is located on the north side of Bear Creek Drive approximately 550 feet west of W. Pearce Blvd. 

All proposals were approved by the planning and zoning commission. That approval sends the measure to the board of aldermen for a final vote to approve or deny.

The directory sign proposal does not require board of alderman approval; planning and zoning permission gives it the go-ahead should a store be built.

Other Business

  • Don Davis of , applicant on behalf of the property owner, Art King of Wentzville Shopping Center, LLC, sought approval of a Conditional Use Permit for Amendments to Ordinance #3029 and Resolution #3048 to expand outdoor storage and display of merchandise and products for Rural King. The site is located on the south side of Interstate 70 South Service Road and known as 1 Wentzville Center.
  • Kathryn Blattel of Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe Garden Homes, LLC, applicant and property owner is requesting approval of a Record Plat for Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe Garden Homes Plat One. The site is located on the west side of Savannah Terrace Drive, with addresses of 235, 237, 239 and 241 Savannah Terrace Drive.
  • John Stump of MFA, Inc., applicant on behalf of the property owner, Missouri Farmers Association, Inc., are requesting Site Plan approval for an accessory storage facility. The site is located on the southwest corner of W. Main St. and S. Church St. with an address of 210 W. Main St.

The board also approved all three non-Sam's Club matters.

Check back with Wentzville Patch for more details on this story, including comments from those attending the meeting. 

Jeremy Pritchett April 08, 2011 at 11:25 PM
The sams club has done a great job persevering the cemetery on site and has a large conservation plot the will leave the natural tree line for 90 feet deep along May road and about 300 feet to the back (north side) of the building too. I hope that the 15 or so bear creek residents that are upset there last night will not stop a great opportunity for our city. A Sams Club will bring much needed jobs and revenue to our city. JP
Terry April 09, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Apparently, those who favor this site have no idea of the noise and trah pollution that will be inflicted upon the Bear Creek Estates. In addition, considerable traffic will result in what is now a residential neighborhood. A much better site would have been on the south side of Hwy 70 where it would impact no one and be quite visible. One more item of concern is what tax, water, sewer, electricity, police and fire protection relief was granted to the Sam's club to entice it to build in Wentzville? Do not expect sales revenue taxes to cover these expenses to the city. It is very possible that in the future, should sales no longer support upkeep of the plant, that Sam's Club would simply close and relocate, leaving Wentvzille with a very large building to support with city services. I also have great concern about the human trash element (i.e., drug dealers, perverts and like human waste) that would be attacked to the parking area and tend to flow into the neighboring subdivision - do we have enough police/security to cover this issue? Bear Creek is already a race track with traffic from 530 AM to 800 AM. This is simply another bad decision made by people who do not have to live with it. Place Sam's Club next to Rural King.
lp April 09, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Impact no one if built on the south side of 70?! I can't belive you said that. Take a drive along Hwy Z or Wilmer Rd., SOUTH of 70 and you'll see subdivision after subdivision, all of which are populated by people who would be impacted. Obviously you have "no idea" of the "noise and trash pollution that would be inflicted upon" other people, and it doesn't seem like you really care as long as it's not in your backyard. I'm not saying where Sam's should be built, but your suggestion and the way you present it sounds like, "this is a bad thing and I don't want it in my backyard, but putting it in someones else's is totally acceptable." Shame on you.
Mom April 09, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Drug dealers and perverts!? Just because there is a parking lot for customers? LOL! thanks for the chuckle. What a shrill tirade. Check out the parking lot at Sam's in Chesterfield Valley. Infested with upscale soccer moms and that is about it. LOL
I'm a Goodwin April 10, 2011 at 05:35 AM
I have never seen drug dealers at ANY Sam's Club parking lot....nor perverts. As far as trash pollution - I have seen trash in fast food parking lots, in parks, and other public places maybe Wentzville residents should be more careful with their trash, or is the trash, drug dealers and perverts going to be coming from O'Fallon, Weldon Spring, Saint Charles, etc? I would think the city of Wentzville would welcome another major chain into the town wih open arms, guess I'm wrong.
BaseballMom April 11, 2011 at 05:14 PM
The residents of Bear Creek are not opposed to Sam's at all. We just don't want it right at the front of our neighborhood or any other neighborhood. The Walmart Corporation has enough money to put it wherever they want it, but by having Sam's next Walmart saves them money because they can unload trucks for both locations at once then drive across the street to refuel their trucks at their gas station. The gas station is a red flag also because it would have 12 regular pumps and 6 diesel. That's a lot of diesel pumps for a "members only" gas station. I have heard that everything in the old factory mall at 40 and 70 has always failed. But retail follows retail and if Sam's wants exposure, wouldn't they rather get it from two interstates rather than being tucked away across from Kohls, which blocks their visibility as well. And, then there's the tax situation. They would replace one tax we are currently paying (over a 1/2 cent increase that is about to expire from a past CID) to pay for the building of Sam's. America's richest retailer can't afford to pay for their own building? And it's my understanding that some of our city council had no idea about this until after the fact. Sounds like some shady business by our Mayor, who is a resident of Bear Creek also and wants the Sam's at Bear Creek. I wonder how long it will take until he puts his house on the market? Or cash that incentive check to push the location? Sam's is good for Wentzville just not at the residents expense.
D. Mayson April 12, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Hey Terry your right! I thought the same thing about Bear Creek Estates coming to my backyard. I have an idea about the noise and trash pollution ! Growing up in the area (not moving here) May Rd. was peaceful without "conciderable" traffic. The trash left by constuction companies. The only noise was the cows mooing in the huge fields. As for the "human trash element" (i.e., drug dealers, perverts and like human waste) on the parking lot,you might look around your own neighborhood first before worrying about a parking lot. I think back then they called it "progress" and I am sure they still call it that today. It may take some time but like me you will learn to adjust. (or move)
Donna Wilmes April 16, 2011 at 02:50 PM
to jbj. ...SHAME on you for assuming someone cannot afford to live in Bear Creek community, maybe we CHOSE NOT TO live in just another congested subdivision that cost more because they have a golf colurse. We prefer to live in the open spaces of our property that was just fine until PROGRESS was made and we all had to make room for you. Do not assume that everyone likes living 'on top' of each other and not even knowing your neighbors. we have known our neighbors for many years and would be able to call anyone of them for help at anytime, and they would be there. Can you say the same? You have your way you wany t to live so let others do the same. Wentzville was a nice 'little' town until all the progress...so just move over because it is still coming.
Donna Wilmes April 16, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Dear Baseball Mom...we didn't want all of the new subdivisions on our roads either but we have them and they have congested traffic so much that we cannot even move farm machinery safely anymore. Everyone is in a huge hurry and do not have an "courtesy" on the roads anymore, so just because Sam's is coming to your front door you want everything to change. sorry that is called progress and that's what you all wanted when you came to build in OUR neighborhood.
jbj April 16, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Donna you dont even live in Wentzville and guess what? Baseballmom is my close friend and neighbor and we would do anything for each other. I have lived in many communities in my lifetime and have more close friends and neighbors here than anywhere else which is why we are all looking out for each other. When they raise our property taxes to pay for May road that they mentioned above, you won't even be affected. I'm glad they built Bear Creek Rd just for you to have a thru way to get to civilization. You can keep your farm machinery and your opinions in Foristell.
BaseballMom April 16, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Dear Ms Wilmes, Having a subdivision in your back yard is a lot better than having a warehouse store in your front yard. Bear Creek is NOT against Sam's nor progress; we just don't want it crammed into the middle of everything else, and we don't feel that we should being paying a CID tax to help build the Sam's; Sam's can afford to build their own building. There's plenty of other areas in Wentzville where it would be more accessible and convenient for EVERYONE who shops or lives in Wentzville.
Donna Wilmes April 16, 2011 at 11:43 PM
just how do you know that I do not live in Wentzville and I don't need to drive Bear Creek road to get to civilization as that is what we have all around us here in the ccountry. we pay just as much taxes as everyone else and we have to ppay for the upkeep of our roads that all of the subdivison people speed on everyday.
Donna Wilmes April 16, 2011 at 11:46 PM
having a subdivision in our backyard just means that we can no longer raise the animals that we have for so many years and now must give up because the subdivision people don't like the smell. this has been our livelyhood and great experience for our kids that others do not have. Sam's is going in wherever the majority wants it just like new subdivisions...so I guess we both lose.
Shari Cage April 17, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Wow! just reading all these comments makes me feel that no matter what the decision, both sides will lose. I have been openly against the Sam's Club, and honestly never thought about how the original Wentzvillians felt when all this progress stole their peace and quiet.....I guess we are about to find out. :(
lp April 17, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Shari, I have to congratulate you on being one of the few respondents to look beyond your own perspective and consider how we old timers feel. Yep, all you newbies to Wentzville have dramatically changed our town--in both good ways and bad ways. Would I like things to be the way they were when I moved here 25 years ago? Of course! I liked Wentzville when it was a small town, even if I did have to drive 20 miles every time I wanted to shop. But I realized when I moved here that nothing remains static without eventually dying, so I'm glad to see Wentzville continues to grow. Change & growth can't be stopped, but it does need to be managed, and it needs to be managed in a way that considers what is best for everyone, not just a few. Comments that suggest people who don't agree with a few Bear Creek residents only feel that way because they "can't afford" to live in Bear Creek are not only arrogant, but foolish in the extreme. Some of the wealthiest people in this county are old farm families who sold all their acres to developers for you newbies to buy up as small subdivision lots. Don't believe me? Just call sometime and find out how much it would cost you to buy 100 acres of land in this area. Instead of fighting changes, work to make sure the changes that WILL come benefit the maximum number of people and negativiely impact the fewest. Of course, that doesn't mean you can come up with a solution that pleases everyone. That's impossible.
D. Mayson April 21, 2011 at 07:04 AM
Dear jbj, One can only think it's your arrogance speaking when thinking I "can't afford" to live in your subdivision with a golf course. If I were to pull a driver out of the bag the ball could hit a window (hard) or grab a 9 iron and the ball could land in the front yard. So I don't need or want to afford it. I will let you pay all the dues & fee's.Also one has to think it's your incompetence or foolishness in thinking your home values will go down because of a Sam's."so low that anyone can move in" (your words & your arrogance again). You have the "original" downtown, along with the whole school system 10 minutes or less away(high school 5 min.) food stores, bank choices, dining choices, ALL 5 minutes away and a "beautiful golf course"(your words) 2 minutes away.With ALL that you think a Sam's will ruin your home prices. COME ON ! This Sam's is not going to be a pole barn or a General steel building. It will be as nice as all the other buildings around there. Do you think the city is going to hide it's code book now?Not a chance ! Real Estate has always been about location, location, location.That's probably why you chose Bear Creek wasn't it? There are lots of subdivisions with golf courses in the area. But, it is sad that you have had to "live in many subdivisions in your lifetime" (again, your words) before finding this one. In my lifetime I have only lived in one community and that community has grown to what we ALL (you & I ) enjoy today. Sam's will only enhance it.
D. Mayson April 23, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Dear BaseballMom, In reading your posts you seem to be level headed about the issue and not concerned where one lives or what they can afford in housing. But, you say "having a subdivision in your back yard is much better than having a warehouse in your front yard". What if back when your subivision was being proposed to the city everyone around it would have been complaining and petitioning as you and others are today? Could it be we still would have our over a 100 acres of lush green pastures with 100"s of trees, the wildlife, seeing the cattle roam in the fields and the nice old farmer who owned it? So in your eyes a subdivision is "much better" to me and others it"s not. It is however better than a salvage yard ! "Having a warehouse in your front yard" Unless you live next to May Rd. it"s not really your front yard is it. You say Bear Creek is NOT against Sam's or progress. Well that"s good because you have one aready (progess) in everything that has been built since Bear Creek was developed and the other one your about to get is the approval of Sam's. You say your against it being "crammed into the middle with everything else". You mean behind the backside of a Wal-Mart (that nobody see's) and a 2-lane road that people fly on (that been congested for years ) ? I think it would be a great fit. Just as Bear Creek was a vision in the late 80's and built in the 90's Sam's was vision in the mid 2000's and soon to be a reality in 2012. It's better than a salvage yard !!!!!!

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