Upcoming in St. Charles, Mo.
The Future of Bangert Island – A Panel Discussion
A Panel Discussion Led by Greenway Network
Greenway Network will lead a panel discussion discussing the impacts of a proposed development adjacent to the Katy Trail and Bangert Island Park south of downtown St. Charles.
Time and Place
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Big A's on the Riverfront
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Panel Discussion on the future of Bangert Island
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6. p.m. Social Hour at Big A’s on the Riverfront
7:00 p.m. Presentation
At Big A’s on the Riverfront (in the back room)
308 N Main St. – St Charles, MO
Presentation is FREE and open to the public!
Hosted by Greenway Network
This panel discussion will be led by Greenway Network discussing the proposed development adjacent to Bangert Island, a wild island park adjacent to the Missouri River just south of the I-70 bridge in St. Charles. Bangert Island was a Conservation Area owned by the Missouri Dept. of Conservation which gave up the control of the island to the City of St. Charles. The island is currently leased to St Charles County Parks and volunteers have established a trail system in the park. The park is wonderful wildlife habitat and is great for bird watching.
Greenway Network will share some of their concerns about the proposed Bangert Island development, adjacent to Katy Trail State Park and the Bangert Island Park and located in the Missouri River floodplain. For more information on the development, see the project website – bangertisland.com. They are concerned that the development will have negative impacts on the Missouri River such increased polluted stormwater runoff affecting our drinking water, a more constricted floodplain resulting in more flooding and increased taxpayer costs associated with the repairing damages incurred flooding events. They predict the development will increase traffic danger on the Katy Trail and have a serious environmental impact on Bangert Island.
In addition, the organization points out the lack of citizen input in the tax abatement strategies the developers and city are exploring.
Here is a resolution the Greenway Network passed in 2014:
“Whereas Bangert Island Conservation Area and nearby properties along the Katy Trail State Park are in St. Charles County and are zoned by St. Charles County as open space and parks because the properties are very prone to flooding. Greenway Network suggests the properties adjacent to the Bangert Island Conservation Area, some of which had been included in the 1993 St. Charles County flood buy out program remain in St. Charles County as open space. Greenway Network suggests that programs be developed to buy properties from willing sellers of properties along the corridor between the Katy Trail and Bangert Island. Those properties could then be included in the Bangert Island Conservation Area and would enhance the nearby Katy Trail and the Bangert Island Conservation Area. Greenway Network suggests future economic developments in the vicinity of the Bangert Island Conservation Area and the Katy Trail State Park be located along the west side of South River Road and be compatible with St. Charles County Zoning Regulations.”
To Big A’s on the Riverfront, our host for the Speaker Series.
To get there from I-70
- Take I-70 to exit 229B – the 5th St. Exit
- Merge onto 5th St. headed north toward St. Charles.
- After about 1 mile, turn right on Monroe St.
- Turn left onto N. Main St.
- Big A’s will be on your right (308 N. Main St.) Additional parking is available in the rear.
- View on Google Maps.
Resources & Links
Dig Deeper for More info on this topic.
- Greenway Network website
- Bangert Island Development website
- ARTICLE – “St. Charles council OK’s purchase of Bangert Island” – by Mark Schlinkmann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 8, 2014
- Dec. 17, 2014 – Big Muddy Speaker Series discussion on Bangert Island
The Big Muddy Speakers Series in St. Charles
is hosted by these wonderful partners:
All speakers are presenting for free and Big A’s is sharing the space for free! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us!
A special thank you to Greg Poleski of Greenway Network for making this happen!
The views and opinions expressed by our presenters do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of Greenway Network, the Big Muddy Speaker Series or any of the partners that support this public forum. The Big Muddy Speaker Series believes that hearing diverse perspectives is a crucial building block for an informed public.