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Clerical error means fight over proposed wedding venue in St. Charles drags on

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Owners of a 200-year-old farmhouse in St. Peters want to renovate the space for wedding venues and banquets (Credit: KMOV). Owners of a 200-year-old farmhouse in St. Peters want to renovate the space for wedding venues and banquets (Credit: KMOV).

Hundreds of St. Charles residents are coming out against a proposed wedding venue at a historic farmhouse.

However, a clerical error means a decision that was supposed to be made Monday night will be postponed.

The St. Charles County Council was set to make a final vote Monday about rezoning the property at McClay Road and St. Peters Howell Road from residential to commercial.

The plan to turn the historic McClary mansion and 10-acre property into a wedding venue has received a less than warm welcome from neighbors.

Lisa Portilla lives near the proposed venue and has collected 96 written protests against the project and more than 200 letters speaking out against the plan.

“We don’t want something like this in our neighborhood, it’s not the right setting for this and the home owners have really stepped up and spoke out against this venue being placed in our community,” said Portilla.

Noise, drinking and traffic are just some of the reasons homeowners signed letters of opposition to the 500-person event space proposal.

“Not only did we get a 30 percent response as required, we got to 40 percent, There were more than 96 written protests,” said Portilla.

But it turns out the county made an error and needs to notify about 20 more homes about the proposal, meaning the whole thing has to go back to square one.

“In order to follow the ordinance and the rules we have to send it back to planning and zoning,” said Councilman Terry Hollander.

Hollander says the property owners have made some changes to help appease neighbors’ concerns. Those owners told News 4 they're hope is to preserve the historic space and open it up to the public.

“What they’re proposing is a good idea but the size is what kind of rocks people a little bit,” said Hollander.

Planning and zoning will discuss the plan on August 17. They recommended it the last time around and if they do the same it will go back to county council at the end of August.

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