The Wentzville Board of Aldermen has approved a new development similar to Winghaven in O’Fallon and New Town in St. Charles. The 24.2-acre tract was voluntarily annexed into the City of Wentzville and rezoned to Planned Development Mixed Use at the February 28 meeting.
The development, to be known as The Lake at Pinewoods, will be located on the north side of Interstate Drive, east of Hepperman Road. It will have 93 lots and three commercial outlots. A lake currently on the property will be retained and a fountain added. The development will have a clubhouse, pool, and common ground. The commercial lots are expected to provide small-scale retail and services for the adjacent residences.
The residential part of the development will have 47 single-family homes, 16 two-family homes, and 30 units set up as multi-family. Both the residences and the commercial building will have a retro look, with steep rooflines, dormers, and porches. The development will have reduced setbacks and narrower, tree-lined streets. This “new urbanist” neighborhood design includes private one-way alleys that access individual garages behind the residential units.
“The proposed layout and housing is a new concept in Wentzville,” city staff said.
The board discussed concerns with the railroad that borders the property on the north side, and checked into alternatives for noise abatement. It was determined that a wall would not significantly reduce noise. The developer stated that the design, with rear garages, would help with abatement, and that they considered the railroad to be a attractive, nostalgic feature for the development.