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The Webster Groves Plan Commission concluded their work on the Douglass Hill Redevelopment Project on Monday evening. The Commission did not issue a recommendation in favor or opposed to the project. The vote resulted in a 4 to 4 tie on the rezoning of the area. The Douglass Hill proposal now advances to the City Council where a simple majority vote of the council is required to approve or deny the zoning change. The Council is expected to begin its hearings and considerations on October 5th.
The Plan Commission vote was in consideration of an application submitted by SG Collaborative, LLC for a Change of Zoning from “A4” Seventy-Five Hundred Square Foot Residence District; “B1” Multiple Family District; “E” Industrial District and “PC” Planned Commercial District to “PC” Planned Commercial District on an approximately 15.1-acre tract of land.
“We are grateful to the hard work of the Plan Commission on this project,” said Dr. Marie Peoples, Webster Groves City Manager. “This project began with the City Council in 2020 with a request for proposals on a redevelopment project. Since then, this volunteer commission has dedicated a great deal of time to research and discussion. Over the past few months, the Plan Commission heard more than 180 public comments from residents regarding the project. They were able to use that information and their own research to come to a vote and we thank them for their time and efforts.”
The TIF Commission also continues its discussions on the Douglass Hill project. The TIF Commission will hold its public hearing on October 27th. The commission is composed of community volunteers, six St. Louis County appointees, appointees from the local schools, and the other Tax Districts. The Commission will consider the financial aspects of the project and after hearing public comments, will submit a vote and recommendations to Council.
The City Council is charged with reviewing all of the information from the Plan and TIF Commissions for a final decision on the project.