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O’Fallon consider zoning change, conditional use permit for senior living facility near Winghaven

Bills No. 7155 and 7156, sponsored by O’Fallon council members Dale Kling and Nathan Bibb [both of Ward 3 ], propose a rezoning and Conditional Use Permit [CUP] that would enable the construction of a 3-story, 148 unit independent senior living facility.

The facility, proposed for construction at 8100 Phoenix Pkwy. in Winghaven, would provide full-service staffing for maintenance, housekeeping and meals, but would not provide medical care on-site.

At the request of the applicant, both bills and the public hearings for them were tabled until the Jan. 23 City Council meeting.

Bill 7155 would rezone 6.301 acres of a 20.828-acre plot currently zoned as High Tech Corridor District [HTCD/PUD] to C-2 General Business District. The remaining 14 acres would remain zoned HTCD.

Bill No. 7156 would approve the CUP to build and operate a senior living facility.

Planning & Zoning had forwarded the bills to the council with a recommendation for denial. The proposed facility is facing opposition from residents in nearby subdivisions within the mixed-use Winghaven development.

Agenda packet materials for the Dec. 12 council meeting included copies of a petition opposing the rezoning and CUP, with a total of 103 signatures. Most of the signatures were from homeowners in nearby Winghaven subdivisions including Kingsgate, Spyglass and Boardwalk.

During the Dec. 5 Planning & Zoning meeting, resident speakers during the public hearings about this property opposed the senior living facility because of concerns about the land zoned for high tech being lost for the intended purpose as outlined in the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Land
Use Map, lowered residential property values in surrounding subdivisions, significant increases in traffic associated with the facility, increased light pollution from the parking lots, and increased noise pollution from more ambulances coming and going to support seniors in the facility.

One speaker from the Winghaven Residential Owners Association said he had walked around the property several times, and did not see a problem with the proposed senior living facility.

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