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Wentzville soccer fields tabled for now

The St. Charles County Council has tabled action on a conditional use permit that would allow seven soccer fields and a gravel parking lot along Hwy. Z south of Wentzville.

The council took no action on the permit at its July 13 meeting to allow time for the permit applicant and nearby property owners to come to an agreement.

The 62.41-acre tract on the west side of Hwy. Z is zoned agricultural with a 5-acre minimum lot size and would require a conditional use permit to allow the soccer fields.

Mike Woijeck, president of the Missouri Thorns Football club, told the council that the fields would be for about 350 young women, ages 4-18, to develop playing skills. The proposed fields would include synthetic and turf fields, with only two turf fields lighted with special lights that would not be disruptive to nearby property owners, he said.

But nearby residents said they were worried about erosion problems on the property, bright lights, whether the fields would affect property values and too much traffic on Hwy. Z.

“In essence, we’re trying to make sure that the surrounding neighborhood is preserved,” said Brad Goss, an attorney for some residents, at the July 13 meeting.

The council’s next scheduled meeting is Aug. 10.

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