September 28, 2016

Webster Groves Plan Commission votes unanimously in favor of zoning changes

The Webster Groves Plan Commission voted unanimously in favor of proposed educational zoning that could affect Webster University’s future expansion.

The Plan Commission voted 9-0 in favor of sending the proposed zoning to city council, where it will undergo several readings and a public hearing. The proposed zoning would divide the university and Eden Theological Seminary into different zones based on student population, which could hamper the use of each other’s properties.

In February  2013, Webster Groves resident John Reed said while there is no simple solution to the educational rezoning, he said the rezoning would be the downfall of Eden.

“If you pass these ordinances… you’re going to put a dagger in the stomach of Eden, and I don’t think they will be able to make it under these circumstances,” John Reed said. “I think Webster University will have a dagger in their heel.”

At past plan commission meetings, Webster University Chief Financial Officer Greg Gunderson urged the Plan Commission to table the proposed zoning changes so the university and Eden could have further conversations with the city about rezoning.

The Webster Groves City Council will have its first reading of the proposed zoning changes on Aug. 19.

Visit www.websterjournal.com for continued coverage on Webster Groves, Webster Unviersity and Eden Theological Seminary.

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