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Proposed development raises concern from residents

Lake Saint Louis city officials again heard from residents who want a buffer between themselves and 283 homes that may be built next door.

The city’s Board of Aldermen heard from about a dozen Heritage of Hawk Ridge subdivision residents at their Dec. 7 work session who worry about the impact of the proposed development. McBride & Son Homes, Inc. has proposed buying 102 acres near Hwy. N, east of Duello Road, which is adjacent to the subdivision, where the homes would be built.

City voters approved an involuntary annexation of the tract in April that allows the city to seek an involuntary annexation of the property in circuit court. City officials and McBride have been discussing a pre-annexation agreement that would allow the city access to about 40 acres of parkland that is now surrounded by private property.

Residents were concerned about whether the subdivision would encroach on common ground between their property and the proposed development. They said they are also worried about the loss of trees on the heavily forested property, grading and the city allowing fences. They also asked developer representatives to consider more of a buffer between their property and the development.

“Either the rules are good or they are bad,” said resident Dan Shreve. “If we are going to give variances to the rules then we should wipe them off the books because they are good for everybody or bad for everybody.”

Deb Weber, a new property owner in Heritage of Hawk Ridge, said she was concerned about lost trees and the city allowing fences would destroy “the natural beauty of Lake Saint Louis.”

The board has taken no action on the agreement.

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