Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ward 8 Contest Not Quite a Horse Race, However ... Animal Ordinance May Be Issue, but Zoning's Considered Urgent

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ward 8 Contest Not Quite a Horse Race, However ... Animal Ordinance May Be Issue, but Zoning's Considered Urgent

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Chester Kath says he is not Old MacDonald and doesn't want to turn his subdivision into a farm. Jurassic Park, perhaps, but not a barnyard.

Rose Kasper, running for re-election on the St. Charles City Council from Ward 8, had heard otherwise. One of her constituents told her not to worry about this year's election, because Kath, her opponent in the election, was recommending that St. Charles change its ordinance on household animals to include farm animals. Supposedly, Kath said he was in favor of this at a meeting of the Nor Hills Association.

"Ah . . . dirty campaign tactics," Kath said, laughing. "I never said anything about animals. Now I might be in favor of dinosaurs."

Kath lives in Fox Hill subdivision, and Kasper was canvassing that neighborhood on Saturday.

"I went by his house, and he has a plastic pig on his front porch," she said. "I had to laugh. But if he says he didn't bring that up, I guess I had better stop telling the story."

So on to the real issues:

Kasper has served two terms on the City Council. She wants to get all zoning issues resolved in the ward in the next six months, and she considers this urgent.

The tract at Elm Street and Old Elm Point Road, from which much of the dirt was taken for the Highway 370 overpasses, now is zoned for agriculture. "That's not going to be a farm," Kasper said, "and we need to address it now. We shouldn't wait until something tries to go in there to rezone it."

It could become a small subdivision or go commercial. "We'll have to see what the residents want," Kasper said.

Another large undeveloped parcel lies near Fox Hill. It is zoned for multifamily residences.

"As a City Council, we have said that we don't want any more multifamily housing in St. Charles," Kasper said. "I want the owners to have good use of the land, but first I want to protect the residents at all costs."

In the last two months, Kasper worked hard as the go-between in settling a dispute when a developer wanted to put in a large subdivision between Governor's Place and Runnymede subdivisions. …

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