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What Would You Improve in St. Charles in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for St. Charles, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives in 2013, what could we do right here in St. Charles to make it an even better place to live?

The city of St. Charles has just come off an 18-month effort to draw up a new draft comprehensive plan that would be used as a guide to future development in the city over the next two decades. The task force that pulled together the first formal draft of that plan has passed it on to the city, and the Plan Commission will begin its formal review of the document in January.

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Also, the Red Gate Bridge opened to vehicle traffic on Dec. 15, about a month ofter the winter lull began in the work on the East Main Street/Route 64 reconstruction project. City officials have said Red Gate Bridge already has recorded as many as 5,000 vehicles in one day — about 1,000 more than the expected average. Will that lessen the congestion on East Main/Route 64 when the reconstruction project picks up again in March?

Tell us in the comment section below what we can do to improve St. Charles in the coming year — or blog in Local Voices about why you love living here!

Doug Eden January 02, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Mayor D---weigh in on this. Surly our local politicians have the power to have prevented a title loan company on this site. Why was this type of business allowed in St Charles? What does this type of business say to any visitors to our city--yuck!!
Kim Malay January 02, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Doug unfortunately Ted is right. If the zoning allows it they can't stop it. This is something they will have to think about for the future. There is a fine line on what they can control and what they can't. I am not saying I agree with the use, I am just saying they didn't have the ability to stop it.
Ted Schnell January 02, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I mentioned it because the anti-local politician sentiment also often pops up in communities that have strip clubs or similar venues that cannot be subject to outright bans. Many communities regulate those by including them in zoning for, say, industrial areas, where there is minimal impact on residential neighborhoods.
Doug Eden January 02, 2013 at 10:50 PM
So what you are telling me is that a massage parlor could have gone in there because the "zoning" is correct for commercial business use. I think if any of our politicians had any hootzpa they would have prevented a title company from going in. Unfortunately city council just looks at someone paying property tax on that land and collecting whatever revenue they can bring in for the city. I really question how much the city cares about the west side of St. Charles.
Ted Schnell January 03, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Doug, I am not certain how St. Charles' zoning laws are set up in terms of regulating such businesses. As I understand it, a community cannot prohibit specific kinds of businesses that otherwise are allowed under state law, although it can use zoning laws to restrict where they will be allowed. In the same way, cities regulate other businesses -- for example, prohibiting someone from purchasing a house in a residential neighborhood and then replacing it with a small factory.

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