Monday, August 5, 2013

A NIMBY Story from St. Louis

The Gateway to the West is suffering through a flurry of NIMBY actions:

They aren’t landfills. Or nuclear power plants. Or halfway houses for sex offenders.

But people are fighting — and fighting hard — to stop two new apartment complexes for senior citizens. One of them has been proposed in Town and Country. The other is already under construction in Oakville. Some residents are unhappy. They say they are concerned about increased traffic, lowered property values and the outsize scale of the new structures. “Why here?” they ask.

In the Oakville area, the objections were enough that the county planning and zoning commission has been asked to reconsider its year-old approval. The commission plans to take up the issue on Monday.

Steve Clowney

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