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Rezoning Petition Falls 43 Votes Short

The Springfield City Clerk’s office has certified the referendum petition submitted to repeal a decision to rezone property allowing for the construction of a Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Walmart Neighborhood Market
Walmart Neighborhood Market on S. Glenstone Ave/Credit: Scott Harvey

The Springfield City Clerk’s office has certified the referendum petition submitted to repeal a decision to rezone property allowing for the construction of a Walmart Neighborhood Market. But as KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports, the petition fell 43 votes short.

Of the signatures submitted, the City was only able to certify 1,744 names, needing 1,787 signatures to reverse the city council’s Feb. 25 approval to rezone property at Grand and South Campbell.

However, petitioners have an additional 10 calendar days to submit the 43 signatures required. Marla Marantz is with the group Citizens Advocating for Responsible Development.

“We were well within the typical margin of error and I am sure we will have absolutely no trouble at all getting the signatures within the next 10 days,” Marantz said.

The average signature rating of referendum petitions is 60-65% according to Scott Youngkin with the group. The 73% of signatures verified is above the typical average. As for how the group plans to obtain those signatures, Marantz says it’ll be much like how they did the first time.

“We will just go out and collect them. Usually, there are so many people eager to sign them they show up at a location or sometimes we go out in to popular areas where people gather and collect them,”

Their deadline is 5:00 pm on Monday, April 15. If at least 1,787 signatures are certified by that deadline, City Council must decide to repeal the rezoning or send it to the voters in August.

For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers