Change to oversight of apartments, storage units fails at city council

The Springfield City Council on Tuesday voted down a proposal to give them oversight of certain new apartment and storage unit developments.

The proposal comes about a month after the council approved raising the threshold to trigger oversight of large scale developments.

Springfield mayor Jim Langfelder had proposed a change to the city's large scale development ordinance specifying that the city council would have oversight of any development containing more than one principal structure for multi-family residential use or storage units on more than one-half acre of land.

Langfelder said the purpose of the change was to give neighborhood associations a say in whether certain developments are located in their midst.

The measure failed at Tuesday's city council meeting by a vote of 1-8, with Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin voting in favor and Ward 10 Ald. Ralph Hanauer not voting.


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