Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Westfall Presides over Meeting on Subdivisions' Zoning Dispute

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Westfall Presides over Meeting on Subdivisions' Zoning Dispute

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In a rare move, St. Louis County Executive George "Buzz" Westfall has become involved in a local zoning controversy.

He organized a meeting on Sept. 14 between Howard Chilcutt, president of the Jones Co., and trustees of two subdivisions in Lake Chesterfield that have opposed the company's plan for small houses in an adjacent open area. The session was at the Lake Chesterfield clubhouse.

At the meeting, Chilcutt presented an alternative proposal. Last week, the trustees discussed it at meetings with residents of their subdivisions. But they reached no decision about it.

Lake Chesterfield is just south of the intersection where Manchester Road and Highway 100 split. The area in unincorporated county is west of Ellisville.

"The Jones Co. didn't call me to get help. I called the company for residents who wanted relief," Westfall said.

"I got a couple of phone calls and letters from residents. Bob Jones (chairman of Jones Co.) and Chilcutt are personal friends. I asked them to see if they could come up with some accommodations in their plan to help the residents," he said.

The County Executive said his request was the second time he has become involved in a local zoning dispute since taking office in 1991. The other, he said, was to obtain from the Sansone developers some changes that benefited residents near a Home Quarters hardware store the developers had built on South Lindbergh Boulevard in Concord Village, he said.

At Lake Chesterfield, Westfall was a "facilitator" trying to encourage negotiations, said Todd Sklamberg, a trustee of the Lake Chesterfield subdivision who was at the meeting. Gary Klopf and Rick Archeski, two trustees from the Chesterfield Shores subdivision who also were at the meeting, said Westfall had appeared neutral.

The County Council must grant permission for developments in the unincorporated area, and the county executive can either sign or veto the bills the council passes. Recommendations on zoning requests come from the County Planning Commission. …

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