November 18, 2018

City Council postpones moratorium vote

Webster Groves City Council postponed making a decision on Resolution 2013-33 at Thursday night’s city council meeting due to the absence of council members Anne Tolan and Kathy Hart.

Resolution 2013-33 is a moratorium which could temporarily suspend colleges which have five or more acres in property to issue brand new conditional use and building permits. If passed, the moratorium would be in effect for six months.

The resolution comes in the wake of city council looking to modify their educational zoning district procedures. The city is considering placing Webster University in an institutional zoning (also known as educational zoning) district. This would allow the university to build without having to go through the city, as long as a master plan is provided to the city.

Buildings affected by the proposed moratorium include: a new student center, arts building and athletics/recreational facility and additional housing.

Projects which have been introduced by the university to the city are not affected by the moratorium. These projects include: a new customer substation, the interdisciplinary science building and the parking garage extension barring the university builds a left turn lane at the intersection at Edgar Road and Garden Avenue.

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