April 16, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Referendum Petition Certified on Campbell & Grand Rezoning

The City Clerk's Office has certified a referendum petition seeking to overturn City Council's Feb. 25 decision to rezone properties at Grant and Campbell. Council voted 5-4 to rezone the properties from residential single-family and residential high-density to general retail.

Petitioners needed a total of 1,787 valid signatures and the Clerk's Office was able to certify 1,808 of the roughly 2,600 submitted.

The petitioners submitted 281 additional signatures Monday April 15, after their original submission fell short of providing the needed signatures. The number of signatures needed was 10% of those who voted in the April 2011 election, which was the most recent municipal election at the time the petition was submitted.

Pursuant to Section 14.4 of the City Charter, the City Clerk will present the certification to City Council at its next regular meeting, which is Monday April 22, 2013. The presentation of the City Clerk's certification will place the referred ordinance on a schedule for public hearing at City Council's May 6, 2013 meeting and a second reading for the referred ordinance at Council's May 20, 2013 meeting. The public will have the opportunity to speak to the issue at the first reading of the ordinance.

In the event Council does not vote to approve the referred ordinance, the ordinance will go to the voters in August 2013. The zoning change is now on hold until the August election. The City would be responsible for paying for the election, which is estimated to cost between $80,000 and $100,000.

For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.gov

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