Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brown Rallies Council to Vote for Delay in Quarry Rezoning

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brown Rallies Council to Vote for Delay in Quarry Rezoning

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St. Charles County Council member Linda Brown rallied five fellow council members Tuesday night to postpone until January any action on rezoning a former quarry.

St. Peters acquired the 27-acre site, at 2000 South River Bend Road, five years ago for use as a sanitary landfill. The county later changed the commercial and residential zoning to sanitary landfill.

Council Chairman Carl Bearden, 7th District, had hoped to have the council "clean up the books" by voting to return the quarry to its original zoning. Such a decision would have begun a three-month process of applications and hearings with the county's Planning and Zoning Commission. After a recommendation from the commission, the council would have the final say in the rezoning.

Brown, the daughter of St. Peters Mayor Tom Brown, is not seeking re-election in November and will not be on the council when the issue is taken up again.

Bearden, who ran last time on a platform of putting the landfill to rest, is running again in November.

Bearden looks at the rezoning as a safe-keeping measure. "Technically, the landfill zoning still exists on our books," despite official decisions against the landfill.

The judge presiding over the Missouri Court of Appeals at Kansas City has issued a court opinion stating that St. Peters cannot own a landfill obtained specifically for use as a landfill and under the threat of condemnation.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources denied a landfill permit for the site, which filled with water from the Missouri River during last year's flooding.

St. Charles Mayor Grace Nichols and City Administrator Allan T. Williams both spoke in favor of the rezoning. Potential for development along the Missouri River in St. Charles has exploded since the zoning change was first granted, Nichols said. Having a landfill nearby would hurt those plans, she said.

The landfill issue has divided the county politically, Williams said. He urged the council to put the issue to rest by stripping the quarry site of its sanitary-landfill zoning. …

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