August 10, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Hampton Inn Rezoning Case Delayed for Two Weeks

The second reading of Ordinance 2012-211 requesting a zoning change of a tract of land located at the 6300 block of South Farmers Branch Avenue will not be on the agenda for Monday night's Aug. 13 City Council Meeting.

The case will be delayed for two weeks because the applicant, developer Earl Steinert, Jr., is proposing some amendments to the right of way and buffer yard. The City's legal department deemed the amendments as "substantive" and Council wants time to study them.

The case will be brought up again on Aug. 27 and the public will be allowed to comment on the amendments. The changes are available in a staff memo.

Steinert is proposing to rezone a portion of Planned Development District No. 201 on approximately 2.54 acres to a new Planned Development District 340 in order to build a five-story Hampton inn on the site near U.S. 65 an Evans Road.

The zoning change would adjust the permitted floor area ratio, from .35 to .65, to reduce the buffer on the east side of the property from 30 feet to 15 feet, and to move off-site detention on-site.

The current zoning at the site allows a hotel of five floors or even more, but Steinert wants the Council to increase the floor area ratio, essentially the allowable square footage, so he can build a 106-room hotel on the 2.5-acre lot.

The Aug. 13 City Council meeting agenda will include the first reading of Council Bill 2012-226, the Mayor's Commission on Human Rights' proposed ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of categories of persons protected from discrimination; and Council Bill 2012-227, the result of an initiative petition to decriminalize marijuana. The Council can pass the initiative or it can place it on the November ballot.

For more information, contact Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or cscott@springfieldmo.gov.

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