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Land Disturbance Permit

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Required for land disturbance activities affecting 5,000 sq.ft. or more unless the activity meets the exemption criteria in County Ordinances.

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County Ranks Among the Top of Missouri's Healthiest Counties

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For the 13th consecutive year, St. Charles County is recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute among the state’s best for both Health Outcomes and Health Factors.

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Oglesby Park Coming Soon to Wentzville

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St. Charles County Parks’ newest park near Wentzville is Oglesby Park, named after one of the property’s early owners. The 199-acre plot of land is at 2949 West Meyer Road and is scheduled to open this summer.

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A Message from the County Executive: Remarkable Growth

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“Growth in St. Charles County has been remarkable.” That was the lead sentence in an article in the St. Louis Business Journal [https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2021/12/09/st-charles-grows-more-residents-leaving-work.html] by Jacob Kirn in the Dec. 9, 2021 edition of the newspaper. He is correct, it has been. And it continues to be.
The population of St. Charles County grew 12.4 percent from 2010 (360,485) to 2020 (405,262) and continues to grow. The latest estimates put our population at 411,748, an increase of 1.6 percent or more than 6,000 people in less than two years.
Most of the growth is in the western portion of our county – specifically Wentzville – which grew from 29,070 in 2010 to 44,372 in 2020 – a 52.6 percent increase. O’Fallon also had a significant increase – 15.1 percent during that time – from a population of 79,329 to 91,316. And Cottleville, while just over 3,000 in population, grew 82 percent.
This growth means housing and retail have been on the rise. Despite the pandemic, the County reports year-end 2021 totals for housing and commercial construction permits remained ahead of the pre-pandemic numbers of 2019 and rival those of 2020. O’Fallon, St. Charles, and Wentzville lead the county in the number of single-family home permits.
This growth provides your County government with the challenge of continuing to expand and improve infrastructure and an opportunity to expand its parks system to provide more recreational areas for our growing communities. Many thanks to those who voted for Prop R in April to reauthorize the County’s 1/2-cent Transportation Sales Tax. The proposition passed by nearly 72 percent and ensures we will be able to continue to provide construction of major road projects for growth, safety improvements and congestion relief, and construction of new roads and repair and reconstruction of existing roads and bridges for another 10 years.
Our Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating its 25th year – a relatively short life for a parks system. But as the county has grown, so have our parks. Today we have 17 parks open and four in reserve. This summer, we plan to open Oglesby Park near Wentzville – 199 acres at 2949 West Meyer Road. We continue to look for new opportunities to make certain that, as our population grows, we have green space to maintain a healthy community.
Amid all this growth remains our dedication to serve the county’s residents, businesses and visitors with public services needed to maintain St. Charles County as a great place to live, work and play. Whether you are new to the area as part of this growth or have grown up in the county, please visit our website [https://sccmo.org] to learn more about the services County government offers—from Parks and Community Development to public safety and health.

A Jewel for the Region

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Southwest St. Charles County is a jewel for the entire region. It is home to the oldest wine district in the country and is one of the largest with 67 wineries from St. Charles to Hermann, perched on the Missouri River bluff. With the wineries, unique shops, bed and breakfasts, parks, boating, and camping, it is a popular destination.
With this popularity comes more commercial and residential development. And while development of all kinds can be good, we need to keep a close watch to make certain the beauty of this rural area isn’t lost.
Large corporations have purchased many of the well-established local wineries with the hopes of drawing more people to enjoy the beauty of the countryside. But often, drawing more people to an area can jeopardize the very thing that makes it so attractive.
In rural, agricultural areas, the majority of new housing development is on 3-5 acres. With the influx of people wanting to move to more rural areas, developers often want to build subdivisions on ¼-acre lots. The County’s requirement for five-acre minimum lots is what makes this area so attractive and beautiful and helps preserve the countryside, rural roads, trees and hillsides. While further development of the wineries and tourist options provides positives for St. Charles County, we also want to be sure to counter the growing demand for higher density residential development and stay true to the future land use goals of larger lot development in this area as outlined within our Master Plan.
Even in fast-growing counties, the rural way of life must be preserved so tourists, and most importantly, the people who live there can still enjoy what brought them there in the first place. St. Charles County must remain small town strong!

Confused about highway construction? Ask the Road Crew

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Ask the experts from the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis and St. Charles counties and St. Louis City your questions about highways and roads. The live chat starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Confused about highway construction? Ask the Road Crew, live now

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Ask the experts from the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis and St. Charles counties and St. Louis City your questions about highways and roads. The live chat starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Confused about highway construction? Ask the Road Crew, 1 p.m.

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Ask the experts from the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis and St. Charles counties and St. Louis City your questions about highways and roads. The live chat starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Voting Equipment Used

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St. Charles County uses both optical scan and touch screen voting equipment in our elections. Learn how to use these programs.

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St. Charles to pay $1.5 million to settle lawsuit over jail death

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The lawsuit said Joshua Landherr died of a drug overdose because his jailers were negligent and ignored his pleas for help.

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South Point Prairie Road to Close South of Buckner Road May 9-12

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The St. Charles County Highway Department will close South Point Prairie Road between Buckner Road and 2304 South Point Prairie Road, weather permitting, Monday, May 9, through Thursday, May 12, to replace a culvert pipe.

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Memorial Day Program

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Event date: May 30, 2022
Event Time: 01:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Location:
1031 Kisker Road
Weldon Spring, MO 63304

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Veterans to Host Memorial Day Program at Veterans Tribute Park

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The St. Charles County Veterans Committee will host its annual Memorial Day Program at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 30, at the Veterans Memorial Plaza and Garden at St. Charles County’s Veterans Tribute Park, 1031 Kisker Road in Weldon Spring.

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Josephville was a well-kept secret. Then St. Charles County growth came knocking.

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There are no stoplights or restaurants in Josephville. Not even a village hall. But booming Wentzville and the GM assembly plant are neighbors.

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Man uses gay slur at Wentzville QT, strikes customer with vehicle and prompts police chase, charges say

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Michael Hayden used a derogatory slur for homosexual men, struck another man with his car, and led police on a chase, charges said.

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Charges: Man beats coworker with lug wrench in parking spat in St. Peters

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Roderick Provenchain struck coworker with four-way lug wrench while yelling “I’m gonna kill you,” charges said.

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VIDEO RELEASED: Documents outline moments before fatal shooting of teen by O'Fallon police

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Body camera video released to the Post-Dispatch showed the moments that led police to shoot 17-year-old Christopher Jones.

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8 rescued in St. Charles in human trafficking operation, authorities say

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Eight people were rescued and one person was arrested in a human trafficking operation in St. Charles, police said, noting an investigation remains underway.

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Beau Rothwell found guilty of murdering his pregnant wife

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Beau Rothwell testified that after killing his wife, he was in “panic mode” and trying to “keep up a facade” of normalcy.

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Judge orders bail bond agent to jail while awaiting St. Peters kidnapping trial

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Bail bond agent Wayne Lozier Jr., 43, has been held in the Ste. Genevieve County Jail since April 21 because authorities say he violated conditions of his bail.

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Housing

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Review fair housing and housing assistance options in the county.

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Airport – Smartt Field

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Smartt Field is located less than 15 minutes from the attractions, shops and businesses of downtown St. Charles and is less than 30 minutes from St. Louis.

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Pet Adoption Center

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The St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center opened in November 1999 as the home to the Division of Humane Services. The 15,000-square foot facility provides space for a kennel housing dogs, cats, and other adoptable pets; a veterinary clinic to assist lost pets and stray animals; and administrative offices.

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Weddings

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Find details about having your wedding in St. Charles County.

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Community

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Learn about the community, helpful resources to residents, education, elections, and more.

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Police

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Our mission for every member of this department is to consistently perform their duties, and to find ways to affirmatively promote, and deliver a feeling of security, safety and quality service to members of our community.

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Public Safety

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Access information about the sheriff, crimestoppers, fire, police, and other public safety topics.

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Personal Property

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Personal property is defined as every tangible thing, subject to ownership or part ownership whether animate or inanimate, other than money, and not forming part of or permanently affixed to real property.

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Passports

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Prepare all necessary materials and complete a U.S. passport application.

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