Board Restores Zoning along Sammelman Road

By Pamela Selbert St. Charles Post | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), June 15, 1995 | Go to article overview

Board Restores Zoning along Sammelman Road


Pamela Selbert St. Charles Post, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Weldon Spring's Board of Aldermen has agreed to restore zoning allowing half-acre lots on a 15-acre tract along Sammelman Road.

The property, owned by Karen and Jim Blessman, was annexed into Weldon Spring in February 1994. The Blessmans agreed to the annexation because Weldon Spring assured them that the zoning for half-acre lots would remain, Karen Blessman said.

But when the Blessmans decided to sell their property last August, they learned their property had new zoning requiring three-acre lots. They've been trying ever since to get the zoning changed back.

"A previous mayor assured the Blessmans they would have half-acre lots in the city as well as in the county," said Alderman Mary Hofman. "They chose to be part of our city based on good faith - I can't now in good faith turn down their request."

The board added contingencies that the developer - Colonial Homes - be allowed to build no more than 22 homes on the property and that the firm agree to widen Sammelman Road by 10 feet "for a minimum of 50 feet" at the entrance to the property. The final vote was 5 to 1, with Alderman Margaret Culver casting the opposing vote.

Alderman Harry Bayens said he did not believe the city had set a precedent compelling the board to rezone other tracts to half-acre lots.

"Other parcels would have to be judged individually, whether it's good for the city or not, based on each situation," he said.

City attorney Robert Wohler agreed that "the board would need to evaluate each case. …

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