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Oakville residents opposed to project to build new homes think officials aren't listening

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Area for proposed subdivision in Oakville (Credit: KMOV) Area for proposed subdivision in Oakville (Credit: KMOV)

Some residents of Oakville opposed to turning a tree farm into a new subdivision think their elected officials are not listening to their concerns.

The owners of Balsam Tree Farm have agreed to sell the farm to a developer who plans to build homes selling at more than $300,000 on the land. Residents told News 4 they are concerned about safety issues because Oakville Elementary is close by. They are also worried about watershed issues and believe smaller homes will be crowded out.

“We are not opposed to development on that lot. We are opposed to this specific one because they’re making the lot sizes so small,” said resident Jim Hamilton.

Residents have made their opposition known to the developer, Pinnacle Land Development.

“I think there’s a lot of benefits but with any development, there’s change and some concerns that need to be addressed. Don’t believe all of that,” said Dan Peters, an attorney for Pinnacle.

Some residents say their elected officials are ignoring them.

"We're not getting answers to our concerns, they've allowed us to express our concerns over and over again, but nobody responds," said Hamilton. 

Many in Oakville say there is still anger over the green light given to a nearby senior housing complex in 2013.  Some say proper notice was not given by public officials before construction began.

News 4 attempted to reach out to St. Louis County Councilman Kevin O'Leary, who represents South County on the St. Louis County Council, but he did not respond to requests for comment.

The proposed subdivision still needs to be approved by the St. Louis County Council, which is scheduled to hold a final vote on the project on March 22.

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