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Zoning Commission Votes In Favor Of SAU Stadium Rezoning Petition

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Davenport's Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of the rezoning petition for St. Ambrose University to build a stadium complex.

The proposal is still in the middle of a long process before a final decision is made. On Tuesday night, even though the zoning commission voted seven to three to recommend approval, there was still quite a bit of discussion on questions and concerns they still like to see addressed.

"There have been positive impacts through everybody working hard together. But there's also been negative impacts that still with the best of intentions have not been resolved," said commission member Susan Lammers.

Commissioners spoke of issues like traffic and not enough public access points, along with storm water and sewer impacts which neighbors contend is still a chief concern.

"I have great sympathy for the neighbors and your sewer problems but I do think you have to take that up with the city and they need to fix that for you," said commission member Cathy Cartee.

That's something SAU officials say they could work on too. "Those studies have yet to be completed but we're certainly willing to work with neighbors and city," said Mike Poster, VP of Finance for SAU.

Otherwise, the university is okay with the list of 17 conditions city staff have. There are things like parking restrictions, landscaping, and traffic control which went along with the commission's vote.

Neighbors say their fight isn't over. "We're focusing now on going before the council and presenting our case," said Jim Welch of the Neighborhood Relations Council.

The plans still have a public hearing in front of city leaders and several readings in June and July before a final vote is made.

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