September 26, 2016

City Council extends moratorium to November

Webster Groves City Council unanimously voted to extended the moratorium which blocks any new business regarding building or conditional use permits to come before the council.

The moratorium was initially set to expire on March 19, 2014 but was extended to, at the latest, Nov. 14, 2014 at a special council meeting on May 5.

The moratorium, which was first voted on and implemented on Oct. 1, 2013, suspends any new conditional use permits (CUP) from being brought forward to the city council by colleges, universities and other educational facilities that own or lease five or more acres of property within Webster Groves.

Webster Groves City attorney Helmutt Starr said the moratorium can be lifted before the November deadline or extended if the council felt the need to lift the hold.

In an interview with The Journal in Sept. on 2013, Director of Planning and Development Mara Perry said the moratorium could open up discussion on campus planning.

“It’s an opportunity for us to talk through a number of issues with campus zoning, and to really put things in place that will both benefit the city and the university,” Perry said.

Perry told The Journal in Sept. 2013 the moratorium was put into place in part to allow the council to propose changes to the city’s educational zoning, which has been discussed in the past months at monthly City Plan Commission meetings.

“We are looking at proposing to make some changes to zoning ordinance and in particular the major educational campus zoning,” Perry said in September.

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