Monday morning, city officials issued a news release, cautioning supporters and opponents of the issue, about the likelihood of the crowd exceeding the fire code capacity of the Historic City Hall building.
The City says two overflow rooms will be set up outside council chambers -- on the second and third floors - with video screens allowing citizens to view and hear the proceedings. It is still anticipated, however that turnout may exceed the building's fire code capacity.
As a result, officials encourage citizens to dress warmly, as they may not be allowed in the building due to overcrowding. The temperature is expected to drop to the freezing point tonight, according to local weather reports.
The City's Public Information Department will broadcast and live web stream the meeting:
- Cable viewers with Mediacom service may tune in to channel 80 or 15.1.
- Those with AT&T service can access the broadcast by selecting Channel 99 (menu guide) and selecting the government access channel option.
- Online access is available from the City's website homepage: springfieldmo.gov. This stream is accessible to mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones.
The Planning and Zoning Commission turned down the zoning change initially, but then approved revised plans.
Opponents say it will increase traffic and hurt local businesses. Supporters welcome a new grocery option to this part of the city.
Read the agenda item and supporting documents here