The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen on April 9 did not discuss the controversial proposal to construct 12 “cluster homes” between Lincoln Drive and Robyn Road off South Lindbergh.

Builder Fischer & Frichtel has been before the city pushing for the project since last fall. At the meeting, Mayor Patricia Fribis confirmed that the developer had withdrawn its proposal as of the first week of April.

The proposal had drawn mostly negative public comments from neighboring property owners and generated a yard-sign campaign denouncing it.

The Sunset Hills Planning and Zoning Commission had nonetheless sent the petitions for the cluster homes, including a proposed amendment to the zoning code, to the board of aldermen with a positive recommendation.

Subsequently, the developer postponed the petitions multiple times, apparently attempting to build positive consensus before the board took its second, decisive vote. That seemingly led to more organized opposition and a public petition that would have required a super-majority vote to approve the plan.

The withdrawal of the petition marks the third time in less than five years critics have dodged what they consider a bullet. Pulte Homes had proposed a 30-unit “cluster” development on essentially the same site and Fischer & Frichtel originally wanted to build 15 “cluster” homes there.