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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. 

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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