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O’Fallon Archdiocese land near St. Dominic High School rezoning approved

At the March 28 City Council meeting, Bills 7075 and 7076 were approved. Co-sponsored by Councilmembers Mike Pheney and Debbie Cook [both of Ward 5], the two bills rezone certain Archdiocese-owned land parcels near St. Dominic’s High, on Elaine Drive and West Terra Lane.

The rezoning changes C-2 General Business and C-3 Highway Commercial to R-1 Single Family Residential, with the parcels to be used for a new boulevard and two additional parking lots to support the school. R-1 zoning is required in order for the school to use the land for these purposes. The rezoning will enable another entry corridor for the high school, relieve traffic on Elaine and St. Dominic drives, and improve safety for students entering and exiting school property. The project includes new lighting and fencing along the boulevard and lighting for the two new parking lots. No new buildings will be constructed.

One homeowner whose property is adjacent to the rezoned parcels was present at this meeting and was upset at not able to speak prior to this vote. However, Mayor Bill Hennessy clarified that the bills’ first reading and public comment sessions were conducted at the council’s March 14 meeting at which the homeowner had spoken and stated several concerns and objections.

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