Should Banquet Centers be Allowed in Historic Commercial District?
St. Charles Planning and Zoning Commission will meet with local business owners March 14 to look for a compromise on the issue.
St. Charles Planning and Zoning commissioners plan to meet with people opposed to having banquet centers in the Historic Commercial District in hopes of finding a compromise next week.
A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 at St. Charles City Hall.
The commission asked for the meeting with business owners on South Main Street after several people raised concerns about changing the zoning to allow banquet centers in the area. Many spoke of concern that such a move would increase the amount of problems with drunk people in the area.
Sheri Steffans, owner of Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center, spoke in favor of the change. She said she'd like to put a small meeting facility and chapel in the 1000 block of South Main Street, an area that's not currently zoned for banquet centers.
The meeting will be held on the 4th floor of city hall in council chambers in an informal setting around a table. City staff members will provide the commission with alternatives for their consideration.
What you should know:
- The Historic Commercial District is a zoning area that runs along South Main Street from Madison Street to just before Ameristar Blvd. Click the map to the right to see the area included.
- There are banquet centers in other parts of the downtown area. The Grand Opera House Banquet Center, is located at 311 North Main, in an area that is zoned Central Business District.
- The Planning and Zoning Commission's next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. March 26.