The village of Ballwin began with just 850 residents back in December 1950. Today it is a fourth class status, and with the aid of 28 annexations, Ballwin has grown to a thriving city of well over 31,000 residents. One that has thrice earned the distinction of "One of America’s Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine.
At its June 27 meeting, the Ballwin Board of Aldermen unanimously passed ordinances 22-13 and 22-14 with an eye on annexing both the Charleston Oaks and Cascades subdivisions.
Charleston Oaks boasts about 270 residents in 103 dwelling units over a 40-acre area. Its only access is Charleston Oaks Drive to Big Bend Road.
Cascades has about 250 residents in 95 dwelling units over a 23.3-acre area. Its three accesses are Cascade Lake Court to Big Bend, and both Cascade Circle Drive and Cascade Terrace Drive to Ries Road.
Both subdivisions are adjacent to Ward 1 at the southwest corner of Big Bend/Ries roads. They are also both part of the Parkway School District in the Oak Brook Elementary School attendance area and close to private Holy Infant School.
Mayor Tim Pogue noted that both subdivisions reached out to the city of Ballwin asking to be considered for annexation. They each petitioned residents within their own subdivision and received the minimum of 75% of the registered voters in favor of annexation.
“This is very similar to what we did about a year or two ago with the Waterford subdivision (Kylewood Court and Kylewood Place),” City Administrator Eric Sterman said. “The next step is for us to go to the (St. Louis County) boundary commission. They will hold a public hearing somewhere in the city, at which point they can submit input both from Ballwin residents who don’t live in the area and ones that do live in the area. Then they will make their decision in the coming months.”