History and Mission

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.

    The Spanish Lake Community Area Study was used to define the purposes of the Spanish Lake Community Association. The goals of the association are:
  • To promote the development of a strong community identity among the residents of Spanish Lake.
  • To encourage cooperative efforts among churches, schools, businesses, subdivisions and other organizations with the goal of improving the quality of life for all residents of the Spanish Lake area.
  • To improve communication between the Spanish Lake community and St. Louis County, neighboring municipalities and cities in order to further mutual goals and a shared sense of responsibility.
  • To enhance a sense of pride among Spanish Lake residents by identifying and developing the assets of the community.
  • To provide a forum whereby residents of the Spanish Lake community can share with each other their concerns and visions about the future of the area.