Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

District Plan Ok'd in Face of Opposition

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

District Plan Ok'd in Face of Opposition

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The St. Louis County Planning Commission has recommended that the County Council establish a property conservation district in Spanish Lake even though a plurality of people attending a public meeting on the matter voted against it.

The vote was 28 for and 48 against at a meeting on Aug. 26 attended by 135 people. County planners considered the vote ambiguous, and Ben Smythe, the resident who initiated the proposed district, questioned the validity of the vote.

Pat Hart, a resident of the proposed district who lives on Bellefontaine Road, opposes the proposal. She said she was surprised that the County Planning Commission backed the proposal. "After the vote, I thought it was over and done with," she said. In property conservation districts, buyers and renters would need occupancy permits from the county before they could move into houses or apartments. Sellers and landlords would have to make repairs required by the county's home maintenance code before an occupancy permit is issued. The district would be bounded by Trampe Avenue, the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks, Reale Avenue, the east property line of houses along Raymond Avenue, Twillman Avenue and Bellefontaine Road. It includes the Maple Crest, Fontaine Estates and Fontaine Meadows subdivisions. The area contains 552 single-family houses; seven percent are owned by people not living at those addresses. The commission said 56 percent were built before 1960 and 99 percent before 1970. Although the County Planning Commission has recommended establishing the district, it has not sent the County Council a letter formally requesting it. Jo Roche, the administrative assistant to County Councilman Jim O'Mara, said the councilman would not take a position on the proposal until he receives the letter. O'Mara represents the area proposed for the district. Smythe said he and other supporters collected 144 signatures on petitions for a district. The county requires a petition of 10 percent or more of the property owners to start the process of establishing a district; Smythe had obtained more than 2.5 times the minimum amount. But he said the Postal Service lost the petitions when he mailed them to county officials. …

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