Community Workshops


The Spanish Lake Bellefontaine Road Commercial Improvement Plan process is well underway.The St. Louis County Planning Department staff has conducted a series of design workshops with participation from nearly 80 homeowners, business owners and young people.The workshops were interactive sessions exploring current conditions, needed physical improvements and consumer preferences.

From A cursory analysis, a majority of participants do most of their shopping outside of Spanish Lake for a variety of reasons, but most prevalent was a lack of product selection and quality among Spanish Lake businesses. Many participants expressed the need for more small businesses as opposed to big box development. Common suggestions included attracting businesses like a grocer, a café/ice cream shop and a hardware store.

Participants also used maps to identify places that need physical improvements like lighting, street furniture and landscaping. There were many participants who agreed that community services like a library and a community center were also lacking in Spanish Lake. The Planning Department staff will compile this feedback onto maps and into a report and conduct research to inform preliminary recommendations for the Commercial Improvement Plan. The staff will present those recommendations to the Business Advisory Committee in the coming months.