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County Zoning Commission Moves Ahead With Oakville Housing Plan

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Residents gather at a St. Louis County Planning & Zoning Commission hearing on July 15, 2013.

Residents gather at a St. Louis County Planning & Zoning Commission hearing on July 15, 2013.

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OAKVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) - Some Oakville residents are outraged after the St. Louis County Planning & Zoning Commission voted Monday to move forward with plans for a low-income senior housing program that has been the center of controversy for weeks.

The commission voted 6-1 not to change the zoning ordinance that allows for the building.

The planning staff report states the location is ideal for seniors because of its close proximity to groceries and other shopping areas.

Still, Oakville resident Mark Haefner says the citizens don’t want it so it shouldn’t be there.

“It’s a sad day in St. Louis County politics,” he said. “This was definitely a political decision, this is not the voice of the people.”

The vote from the commission is only a recommendation to the St. Louis County Council, which has the final say. The council’s decision is expected in two weeks.

“We’ll be back,” Haefner says. “The citizens of Oakville will not stop. It’s a speed bump.”

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