Chesterfield neighbors fight development plan

Some argue it's the best possible solution for the land in question and will enhance the area. But others have concerns about traffic, noise and property values.

CHESTERFIELD, MO. - Neighbors in Chesterfield are pushing back against a proposed development.

Hundreds of people came out Monday night for a city zoning meeting that had to be held off-site because of the large turnout.

Many of those affiliated with the opposition wore red pieces of clothing.

One city official said it was the first time the city had to move a public hearing to a location other than city hall.

At issue is a proposed project by KU Development that includes a new luxury apartment complex at Schoettler Road and South Outer 40 Road.

It would feature seven total buildings with some three to four stories tall. In all, there would be no more than 258 multi-family units with parking.

The project also boasts a six acre piece of land to act as a buffer to neighboring homes.

Developers argue that there’s a growing demand from young professionals for alternative housing. But to make the project happen, they’re requesting multiple zoning changes.

Neighbors who’ve spoken publicly to the city have been divided.

Some argue it’s the best possible solution for the land in question and will enhance the area. But others have concerns about traffic, noise and property values.

“Considering the limitations of what the property can be, this is an exceptionally fair proposal," Dan Prosser said. "Our property is maintained. Schoettler road is improved. Chesterfield receives luxury high end community.”

“The comprehensive plan is meant to assist residents with creating and preserving neighborhoods. KU is asking to locate within existing neighborhoods and is not comparable nor preserves what has been developed over last 50 years,” said Mary Ann Mastorakos.

A decision on the matter was not expected Monday.

Zoning and planning officials expected to take it up at a future meeting before taking a vote.


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