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11:06 PM, Aug 11, 2013   |    comments
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Chesterfield, MO (KSDK) - Chesterfield residents are planning to speak out Monday night about a new development right in their backyard. Folks are worried about traffic, noise and preservation of trees.

It's happening on a 17 acre lot that sits at the northwest corner of the intersection of Schoettler and Clayton roads.

For some in this Chesterfield neighborhood it's the selling point and now it could be taken away.

"We knew eventually it would happen, I am not terribly opposed to the project because it is residential and it is single family," says resident John Krumrey.

A residential developer is asking for the lot to be rezoned in hopes of building 31 homes in 17 acres.

The land is heavily wooded with lots of hills. To build, the developer will most likely have to remove many of the trees and flatten the land.

Residents like Krumrey are worried.

"It is dangerous as it is to get out of this subdivision and if we have additional traffic that's exiting onto Schoettler that could cause us more problems," he says.

"30 feet from the edge of my patio here will be a street," says another resident Elizabeth White.

To White that 30 feet is precious, especially because her backyard is only about 20 feet.

The City of Chesterfield says each development is required to have a 30 foot buffer and save 30 percent of the existing woodland or apply for a special conditions exemption.

"Which means if a site has such unusual topography or unusual site conditions that would render the site pretty much almost undevelopable then they can apply for special conditions," says Planning and Development Services Director Aimee Nassif.

She explains if that happens, the developer would have to plant more trees than they remove.
White says they just want to see if there's a way to make everyone happy.

"Perhaps incorporate the trees that are existing here to enhance our neighborhood as well as the neighborhood they are about to build," says White.

The plans are not concrete yet and won't be decided for awhile.

There is a public hearing Monday at 7 p.m. at Chesterfield City Hall to discuss the plans. Nothing will be decided during the meeting, this is just the first of many meetings to come.

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