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Jefferson Co. approves zoning change for controversial subdivision near Eureka

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Jefferson Co officials recently approved a zoning change for a 172-acre subdivision south of Eureka. Credit: KMOV Jefferson Co officials recently approved a zoning change for a 172-acre subdivision south of Eureka. Credit: KMOV
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Jefferson County Council recently approved a zoning change for a 172-acre subdivision south of Eureka. The Windswept Farms subdivision would have 549 homes near Highway 109 and Highway W.

Chris Sander lives in the Mirasol subdivision next to the proposed development and is one of the many raising concerns.

"We're concerned about the number of dwellings in there. 549 homes is an awful lot and there's no infrastructure to be able to support it," said Sanders. 

Others complain that traffic back ups are already a big problem at the intersection of Highway 109 and Highway W.

Renee Streberger told News 4, "The traffic on 109, it's already a pretty congested road with people going to and from work and school."

And others have raised concerns about flooding problems. During the May flood, water from the nearby Meramec River flooded both roads forcing them to close.

"We could not get in, could not get out either way, W was closed and 109 was closed," said Rober Laken.

Don Bickowski is the Jefferson County Council member for District 1 where the subdivision is planned. He said the council responded to the concerns by placing requirements on the developer, starting with improvements to the intersection of 109 and W.

"One of the conditions of approval is they bring that up to the standard that MoDOT requires," said Bickowski.

B?ickowski also said the developers are required to extend a sewer line along Highway FF and provide property for a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department substation. He said the developers are also required to collect a $500 assessment on each new home, which will go into a fund that will eventually be used to raise Highway 109 and Highway W to prevent future street flooding.

The next step in the process is for developers to submit detailed plans for the subdivision which incorporates the county council's requirements. 

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