St. Charles Considers Permit for Group Home for Disabled Adults
Emmaus Homes requests conditional use permit for home on West Adams Street.
On Tuesday, the St. Charles City Council will consider a request for a permit for a group home that would be used by four developmentally disabled adults on West Adams Street.
St. Charles Planning and Zoning approved the request for the conditional use permit at its meeting Feb. 27.
Emmaus home staff members would be at the house 24-hours a day while residents were present, although the home would not be owned by Emmaus home. The residents would lease the home from the homeowner.
Emmaus Homes proves support for people who have a diagnosis of things like down syndrome, autism or cerebral palsy and need help with basic activities including cleaning and cooking.
“The service we provide is completely separate from home ownership or a lease,” said Executive Director of the Emmaus Resident Trust Foundation Lisa Drier. “We are providing the accommodation that allows these folks to live as independently as possible.”
No one spoke out against the home during the public hearing, although some people did have questions about the arrangement before hand.
The council has approved several conditional use permits for group homes in the last month.
During the Jan. 30 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission tabled discussion of an amendment to the zoning code to adopt a minimum distance requirement between existing and proposed group homes. The issue may be discussed at the March 26 Planning and Zoning Commission.
People in Lake Saint Louis spoke out against a proposed Emmaus group home there, which was ultimately approved Jan. 26.
St. Peters has density requirements for group homes, which means homes can not be closer than 2500 feet. In O'Fallon group homes must be 1 mile apart.