Hearings set on diesel facility, cemetery; cell tower withdrawn

Web exclusive update: After The Call went to press, the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday accepted the county Planning Commission’s recommendation of “withdrawal without prejudice” for the Eco-Site cell tower proposed for Tesshire Drive, which means the developers could come back for the project at a later date. 

The St. Louis County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next week, with three of the four potential developments in South County. The panel will hear about a change in cemetery zoning and a cell tower in Affton and a new diesel injector facility in Lemay.

The planning panel will meet for the hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in the County Council Chambers at the Government Center at 41 S. Central Ave., Clayton.

The panel will consider projects in Lindbergh Schools and the Hancock Place and Affton school districts, all in the 6th District of County Councilman Ernie Trakas.

Eco-Site LLC is asking for a conditional-use permit, or CUP, in C3 commercial zoning and an FPC-3 Flood Plain Shopping District for a telecommunications tower on a 0.9-acre lot at 10609 Tesshire Drive, near Squire Meadows Drive.

The 140-foot monopole tower would measure 35 feet by 40 feet on the ground, or about 1,400 square feet, according to plans filed with the county. It would have a 20-foot-wide asphalt access road to the fenced area.

The property is currently a paved lot. It is in unincorporated St. Louis County and borders vacant business property and the Affton Athletic Association near Grant’s Trail, but it is also near the Lakeshire and Green Park city limits off Tesson Ferry Road. The project would be surrounded by a fenced compound.

In Lemay, Distributor’s Investment Co. seeks to amend the C-8 commercial zoning on a 0.63-acre site at 9327 and 9331 S. Broadway for a new testing facility and service center for industrial parts and repair for diesel fuel injectors. The site borders the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s Lemay plant.

Another proposal up for hearing is for Our Redeemer Cemetery in Affton, bringing the cemetery into current zoning code “to allow expansion of accessory uses.”

The cemetery requests a CUP for a 15.43-acre tract of land at 8400 Mackenzie Road, near Langley Avenue. The cemetery is across from Affton High School.

In plans filed with the county, the cemetery calls the request a lot split.