The Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to deny a special use exception permit for a U-Gas station at 915 North Kirkwood Rd. Wednesday night.
A room full of concerned residents applauded the decision of commissioners who say the station would increase traffic in the neighborhood and adversely affect the general welfare of the community.
Kevin Douherty who lives at Manlyn Drive and North Kirkwood Road was one of dozens who turned out in opposition of the station which included a convenience store and car wash.
"I was nervous coming into the meeting. I am thrilled with the decision," Douherty said, adding that his kids ride regularly ride their bikes near the proposed development site that is bordered to the north and south by streets without sidewalks.
In a subcommitee report, commissioners note that Sarah and Wilson Avenues do not have sidewalks. Development of the U-Gas would increase traffic along the streets markedly, according to the report.
U-Gas has the opportunity to appeal the Planning and Zoning Commission's decision and ask the Kirkwood City Council for a public hearing. Attorney for U-Gas John King said the company will determine whether to exercise the option.