Beginning in 1997, a two-year area study was conducted by the St. Louis County Department of Planning in the unincorporated community of Spanish Lake. Hundreds of residents participated in that study. The result of that effort was a planning document, the Spanish Lake Community Area Study, approved by the St. Louis County Council in April of 1999.
In the fall of 1999, the County Planning Department came back to the community to discuss how the ideas outlined in the study could best be implemented. It was decided that the formation of a community association was needed. The Spanish Lake Community Association was incorporated in December of 1999 as a not-for-profit organization and shortly thereafter received its 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.
The Spanish Lake Community Area Study was used to define the purposes of the Spanish Lake Community Association. The mission of the Spanish Lake Community Association is to inform, motivate and organize the residents of Spanish Lake on issues that affect the quality of life in their unincorporated community. The association sponsors projects and activities to encourage cooperative efforts that will develop a strong community identity among its residents.