City Planning and Economic Development

Department Overview

The City Planning and Economic Development Department was created to coordinate the City's physical and economic development activities. This includes working with potential and existing businesses through day-to-day interactions. Additionally, the department coordinates and compiles economic data and provides assistance to businesses going through the City's development process. The division also facilitates short and long-term physical and economic planning within the City of Crestwood.

The City Planner serves as the director and administrator of  Planning and Zoning and Economic Development efforts in the City. The City Planner also serves as the staff liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Economic Development Commission. The City Planner makes recommendations to the City Administrator, Planning and Zoning Commission, Economic Development Commission, and Board of Adjustment regarding zoning, subdivisions, conditional use permits, variance issues and other land use legislation. 

The Planning and Zoning Commission is responsible for the review of all proposed site plans and conditional use permits. The Zoning Code requires that prior to the issuance of a building permit for all exterior modifications to buildings in the C-1, M-1, and PD Zoning Districts, a site plan review must be conducted by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Local Economy

The City of Crestwood is home to high-tech companies, major manufacturing firms, and a top-rated residential market. Crestwood has consistently been named one of the nation's hottest ZIP codes for residential home purchases. According to a 2018 Article by, "The biggest reason for Crestwood’s popularity is its prices, which are about half of those of the surrounding area of historic Kirkwood and Webster Groves." Crestwood is a bargain community offering its own police and fire districts at less than half the tax rates of its neighboring cities that offer comparable services. 

Useful Links

Economic Development Webpage

City of Crestwood Zoning District Map

City of Crestwood Street Index Map

Crestwood Ward Map

Crestwood Zoning Regulations

City of Crestwood Zoning Matrix

2017 Comprehensive Plan

Development Plan: Watson Road Commercial District-1984

Retail Market Study Watson Road Commercial District

Watson Road Access Management Plan

Watson Streetscape Enhancement Concepts

Watson Road Commercial District Plan-2015 Amendment

Census Profile

Whitecliff Park Master Plan - 1999


Contact Information
City Planning and Economic Development
Crestwood Government Center
1 Detjen Drive
Crestwood, MO 63109
Phone: 314.729.4781

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Crestwood Government Center (more)
1 Detjen Dr
Crestwood, MO 63126
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