An never-used alley north of Webster Primary Center on Main Street is in the process of being vacated for the new American Legion building.

Planning & Zoning advances rezoning requests 

The 700 block of Madison is going commercial; the 500 block of N. Main is going residential

Rezoning the 700 block of South Madison Street, on the west side, to commercial (as assumed it already was) was advanced to the Webb City Council on Monday by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Most of South Madison Street had already been rezoned from residential to commercial some 15 years ago when the City Pointe shopping center was developed.

However, when Shane Burns was talking to potential buyers of four lots fronting Madison Street it was discovered that his lots and two others on the west side between Seventh and Eighth streets were still zoned for housing.

“We thought it was commercial,” said City Administrator Carl Francis, speaking for the city in favor of the rezoning request.

The commission voted 4-0 in favor of Burns’ request to rezone Burns’ four lots: 1016 W. Seventh St., 706, 710 and 714 S. Madison St. 

Secondly, the city requested that the remaining two lots, 720 and 724 S. Madison St. be rezoned to commercial.

Pam Dart, who owns 734 S. Madison St. with her husband, Robert, said 10 or 15 years ago she would have sought commercial zoning but now that they’ve made their house more comfortable she wasn’t so sure.

Francis asked why they didn’t apply for rezoning a decade ago. “I have no idea,” said Pam Dart.

City Attorney Troy Salchow explained the Darts can continue living in their home even if their property is rezoned commercial. He added that it won’t increase their taxes or the resale of their house. 

The difference between land zoned commercial and land zoned residential is massive, Salchow said.

One difference mentioned is that once rezoned, a house destroyed can’t be rebuilt as residential property without reverting to residential zoning.

The commission again voted 4-0 to send the 720 and 724 S. Madison St. rezoning requests to the city council.

Rezoning requires an ordinance passed by the council on two readings.

The commission readily approved Schuber Mitchell Homes’ request to rezone 512 and 514 N. Main St. from commercial to residential. Those lots have been cleared for two single-family houses to be built.

Another quick, positive vote occurred on the city’s request to vacate the north-south alley in the block north of Webster Primary Center. 

It was never an alley, Francis told the commission. Plans called for it to stretch a half block west of Main Street for 385 feet between Aylor and what is now Stadium Drive.

Vacating it will allow better placement of the new American Legion building. The Legion recently obtained the property in a property swap with the Webb City R-7 School District.

One item on the agenda had to be postponed until the June 21 meeting because a commission member has a conflict of interest, which left the commission without a quorum.

That matter is a preliminary plat approval for a third street in the Cardinal Pointe subdivision. 

Representatives of Anderson Engineering said the plat for Clark Lane had been approved, along with Prier and Brewster lanes but wasn’t entered into the county’s books.

With 31 lots, it is planned to be constructed east of the Prier and Brewster lanes from Fountain Road to 15th Street.

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