Peoria city council approves limiting certain events at Expo

Feb 26, 2014

The City of Peoria's new agreement with Exposition Gardens took a different turn than most who initially viewed the matter might have expected. Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports.

Expo Garden's had to get a variance to its special use permit when a paved parking lot on its property was expanded for Northmoor School busses. Enter the neighbors who were not happy with the increasing number of loud events held on the property. But after much negotiation, the parties agreed. Neighbors requested an opportunity to speak before the council voted last night. Neighbor Susan Naschert:

"I want to thank you for the two public hearings. This allowed our neighborhood, Expo, and city council members to share our very different points of view. I want to say thank you for the meetings with Jim Montelongo discussing the technical issues. I want to say thank to Expo's willingness to be a good neighbor."

The vice president of Expo Gardens is Rob Murphy. He also thanked all in the process.

The Peoria City Council unanimously approved the agreement. It means no change for the HOI Fair, but limits the number of kinds of events Expo can host a year. Trees will also be planted along the Northmoor border of the property.

In other city business, the fee structure to park in downtown Peoria is getting simpler. The Peoria City Council approved new parking fees seven to four. It will cost a dollar an hour to park in city owned decks or the street starting April first.