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Historic Preservation Commission

Date:  April 2, 2014

Time:  Public Hearing - Special Meeting, 7:30 pm

Location:  Webster Groves City Hall, 4 E. Lockwood

 

 

Members:

Name

Present

Absent

Todd Meyer (Chair)

X

 

 

 

 

Norma Bolin (A)

X

 

Ryan Gregg

 

X

Bridget Keitel

X

 

Elyse McBride (Recording Secretary)

X

 

Frank Janoski

X

 

Lanna Skadden

X

 

Bill Stancil

X

 

 

 

 

 

Also Present:

Anne Tolan, Council Member (E)

X

 

Mike Harney, Building Commissioner (E)

X

 

Mara Perry, Director of Planning and Development

X

 

Helmut Starr, City Attorney

X

 

 

 

Executive (Closed Session):

 

 

Motion to End Executive Session:

Name

For

Against

Abstain

Absent

Todd Meyer (Chair)

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norma Bolin (A)

X

 

 

 

Ryan Gregg

 

 

 

X

Bridget Keitel

X

 

 

 

Elyse McBride (Recording Secretary)

X

 

 

 

Frank Janoski

 

 

X

 

Lanna Skadden

X

 

 

 

Bill Stancil

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing:

 

1. Subdivide a parcel of land from the primary Eden Theological Seminary lot:

           

Todd Meyer read the introductory remarks.  Planning Director Mara Perry explained the various methods of land division available to the petitioners in Webster Groves.  The question at hand is a lot split, as an existing lot proposed to be divided into two.  In order for a lot split to be approved the City staff must verify that both lots will meet all requirements of the zoning code.  If the lot to be split lies within a historic district, the Historic Preservation Commission must approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for the lot split to be approved.

           

The current application requests a subdivision (lot split) of a parcel of land from the primary Eden Theological Seminary.  The City staff has verified that each lot meets all required set-backs.  This lot split does not affect the use or structure of the existing buildings.

           

Section 52.270 and 52.271 are used by the HPC to evaluate the request in order to issue a Certificate of Appropriateness, which considers how the change will affect the buildings and open space surrounding those buildings.  With this request, no changes are proposed to the Historic District boundaries, to the buildings and structures within those boundaries, nor to the land within this Historic District.

           

Frank Janoski recused himself from voting due to his prior interest and involvement in this matter.

           

The following individuals spoke in favor of the proposal:

 

Gerard Carmody, Attorney (Carmody MacDonald P.C.); Teresa Pupillo, Attorney (Carmody MacDonald P.C.); Dr. Greg Gunderson, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (Webster University); and David Greenhaw, Ph.D. President and Professor of Preaching and Worship (Eden Theological Seminary) spoke in favor of the application.

           

The following individuals spoke in opposition to the proposal: 

 

Maggie Sowash questioned how this application was different than the proposal that was rejected previously.  [The matter was not previously rejected but tabled at the request of the applicant. The previous request was for a multi-lot subdivision rather than a lot split.]

 

Tom Sowash stated that the notice of the public hearing notice was ineffective, and that many neighbors of Eden Seminary were unaware of the hearing.  [According to Section 52.274 of the Municipal Code: … A notice which states that an application is pending and also states the date of the HPC hearing at which such application will be considered shall be mailed to the applicant by first class mail and posted conspicuously on the property at least seven (7) days in advance of the hearing. In addition, notice of the applications to be considered at the HPC meeting will be posted, twenty-four (24) hours before of the hearing, on the bulletin board at City Hall.]

 

Mary McAuliffe was concerned about the possible removal of the White House on the Eden property and what would be done to buffer her home from Lockwood and increased student activity if the Luhr Library’s use was changed.  [The White House is not in the Historic District so the HPC has no jurisdiction.  The amendments to the Educational District will address these types of occurrences.]

 

John Pirozzi stated that the community was concerned about how the proposal affects the adjoining Historic District.  [The application, as submitted, was determined to meet the factors of Section 52.270 of the municipal code.]  He also wondered if this issue could be postponed until after the new text amendments to the Educational District ordinance were approved.  [The amendments to the Zoning Ordinance will not affect the factors for determination of the Historic Preservation Commission regarding a lot split.]

 

Mary McAiliffe questioned how the changes in usage will be affected by the new Educational District Ordinance.  [All new uses must meet the new requirements. Existing uses and non-conforming uses can remain until a change in use is proposed.]

 

Frank Janoski questioned the effect of the lot split on the Historic District and whether the green space will be maintained.  [The application before the Historic Preservation Commission does not include any physical changes to any building, structure or land within the Historic District. The CUP for Eden governs the open space on the campus and the underlying zoning of the parcel will not be affected.  The existing CUP governs until a change is proposed.] 

 

David Greenhaw stated that the lot split is within a single Historic District. No physical changes will be made to the Historic District.

 

Greg Falk wondered if the lot split could be approved with amendments that would require certain conditions be met for any future development on the lot.  [According to Section 52.275 of the Municipal Code …The HPC may approve, deny or approve in amended form the proposed plan subject to the acceptance of the amendment by the applicant...] [It was determined that, based on the proposal, conditions could not be attached. However the Historic Preservation Commission is aware that future changes may require a new Certificate of Appropriateness.]

 

Maggie Sowash wondered if an amendment could be made to the lot split that could limit occupancy of the existing space.  [Occupancy issues are not under the jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission.]

 

Lanna Skadden moved to close the Public Hearing and Norma Bolin seconded.  The Public Hearing was closed.  

 

Motion to End Public Hearing:

Name

For

Against

Abstain

Absent

Todd Meyer (Chair)

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norma Bolin (A)

X

 

 

 

Ryan Gregg

 

 

 

X

Bridget Keitel

X

 

 

 

Elyse McBride (Recording Secretary)

X

 

 

 

Frank Janoski

 

 

X

 

Lanna Skadden

X

 

 

 

Bill Stancil

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regular Meeting:

 

1.  Subdivide a parcel of land from the primary Eden Theological Seminary lot:

 

The requirements for the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness for a lot split are governed by Section 52.271 of the Municipal Code.  In this case, the proposed lot split does not affect the Historic District or the open space of Eden’s campus  Any future development may require a new application Certificate of Appropriateness.

 

Norma Bolin moved that the Certificate of Appropriateness be approved and Lanna Skadden seconded.  The motion passed.

 

 

Motion to Approve Certificate of Appropriateness:

Name

For

Against

Abstain

Absent

Todd Meyer (Chair)

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norma Bolin (A)

X

 

 

 

Ryan Gregg

 

 

 

X

Bridget Keitel

X

 

 

 

Elyse McBride (Recording Secretary)

X

 

 

 

Frank Janoski

 

 

X

 

Lanna Skadden

X

 

 

 

Bill Stancil

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lanna Skadden moved that the meeting be adjourned and Bridget Keitel seconded.  The meeting was adjourned.