Webster Groves Council Approves Eden Seminary's Conditional Use Permit
The council voted 5-to-1 at Tuesday night's meeting in favor of the controversial measure, which has been postponed for months. Webster University and Eden say the measure would have a negative impact on their master plans.
The council voted 5-to-1 in favor of Bill 8753, including Mayor Gerry Welch's vote. Councilmember Ken Burns voted against the bill. Councilmember Debi Salberg was absent from the meeting.
Eden requested the permit as part of its proposed new 2012 master plan, which would consolidate its campus and give Webster University the first right of refusal for some Eden buildings and land. The last Eden master plan and associated conditional use permit were approved in 2000.
However, Eden has not submitted a final master plan. Webster Grove City Attorney Helmut Starr said if the bill were not passed, Eden would be restricted to the 2000 conditional use permit.
Councilmember Kathy Hart said, "The ordinance was created to legalize the uses that already exist."
The majority of people who participated in the public comment section of the meeting were in favor of the council voting against the measure. Only two residents spoke in favor of the council approving it.
In what some call an 11th-hour save, Webster University urged neighbors to write the city council asking them to vote no on Bill 8753. The university posted a blog on its website and bought a full-page ad in the Webster-Kirkwood Times asking friends and neighbors to do the same.
See previous story: Webster University: Ask Webster City Council to Vote No on Bill 8753
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