Opposition Builds to Housing Plan

By Ralph Dummit Of the St. Charles Post | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 13, 1994 | Go to article overview

Opposition Builds to Housing Plan


Ralph Dummit Of the St. Charles Post, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Opposition is mounting to a proposal by St. Charles County officials to develop a 100-house subdivision along Boschertown Road at the northern edge of St. Charles.

Steve Swann, president of the Nor-Hil Neighborhood Association, renewed his opposition to the proposal at this week's meeting of the County Council.

He expressed similar views before the council in January when he presented the council with a petition with the signatures of more than 450 residents who opposed the development.

At the council's meeting April 26, Jan Viau, another representative of the property owners' group, suggested that the county distribute vouchers to qualified flood victims and let them buy houses for sale throughout the county.

Jerry King, the consultant hired by the county to coordinate the buyout of flood-damaged houses and to assist with the relocation of flood victims, acknowledged this week that the proposal to build a subdivision had met stubborn resistance from St. Charles city officials. But he indicated that plans were still in effect to use money from state grants to help finance the housing development.

Steve Lauer, director of the county Planning Department, says plans are incomplete for developing a subdivision for relocated flood victims. The county has not acquired the Boschertown building site, he says, and the subdivision may be located elsewhere.

Swann said in his presentation to the County Council on Tuesday night that his association represented more than 500 owners in Mamelle Hills, Fox Hill Estates, Twill Manor, Riverview Estates and Meadowbluff.

In opposing "any subsidized development in this area," Swann said:

The site is in the 500-year flood plain.

Flood victims "are being forced to buy in only one area" and should be allowed a subsidy to relocate to a house of their choice. He said more than 500 houses are listed in the county's real-estate market for $85,000 or less.

The development is not needed by the Orchard Farm School District, nor do displaced flood victims necessarily want to remain in the school district. …

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