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Proposed Development in Webb City Draws Complaints

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WEBB CITY, MISSOURI -

Officials in Webb City are meeting tonight to discuss plans for a new housing development.  But some residents say the plans behind the development just don't make sense.

The area of this proposed project used to be owned by another developer that went bankrupt.  City officials say a new developer has brought new plans, while some residents feel their concerns are being ignored.

If they build it, Katlin Owens is afraid of what will come.

"It would become quite congested," says Owens.

Several Webb City city officials want to turn the dead end street Matthew Circle, new Owens' home, into a connection to North Madison Street.

"If you were to be here at 5 pm at night, you would see a bunch of kids out on the bikes playing," says Owens.  "It's a safe, quiet street.  However, underneath this zoning proposal that would change."

"I think development within the city limits of Webb City is always good," says Webb City City Manager Carl Francis.

The street extension is part of a plan by developer Schuber Mitchell to also build new homes by the current dead end street.  Some parts of this project have already been given the go ahead.

"It was approved by Planning and Zoning.  I think Schuber Mitchell has stood up to everything that they've been asked to do," says Francis.

But residents like Owens are concerned about their property values.

"I can speak to the looks of the neighborhood.  I can speak to the density that we have in this residential area...that that goes against everything we have, and that the existing infrastructure of the main roads going past the high school, coming in from Oronogo, there's no change happening there.  We're going to be packing-in 48 extra houses without any thought to how that's going to impact the current residents," says Owens.

"I think the property value would probably be increased over the property value of the vacant pipes sticking out of the ground, gravel lots that have been there over the last 10 years," says Francis.

Francis says a new development with a new road would mean quicker emergency access to several neighborhoods.  Owens and her neighbors plan to see if there are any other options.

"I would hope that the City, while weighing the benefit to get somebody else to pay for a road, would take the appropriate thought to how it's going to impact and take the appropriate steps," says Owens.

Some residents say this development was made possible through some shady connections between Schuber Mitchell and City officials.  Francis says that is absolutely untrue.

Final approval of the complete project is still several City meetings away.  

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