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Town and Country Aldermen Consider Maryville University Rezoning

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An overflow crowd gathers at the Town and Country Board of Aldermen meeting on November 11, 2013. (KMOX News/Allison Blood).

An overflow crowd gathers at the Town and Country Board of Aldermen meeting on November 11, 2013. (KMOX News/Allison Blood).

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TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. (KMOX) - It was a packed house at the Town and Country Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night as the board heard a proposal to rezone a section of land on Conway Rd. for Maryville University.

Representatives from the university gave an hour-long presentation, carefully detailing every consideration from how many lights would be in the parking lot to how many games would be played on the proposed soccer field and how many people would work in the proposed educational building.

Residents unable to find a seat at the meeting watched in an adjacent overflow room. Many residents waiting in line to speak said they thought it was a bad idea and that it would lower their property values.

“While I respect Maryville University, I think that Town and Country is a premier residential community and zoning protects our residential property values,” Barbara Ann Hughes said.

But resident Walter Lamkin said that’s a baseless argument.

“I think that’s a slippery slope once you go down that,” he said, adding that some people looking to move to the city would be thrilled by the idea of moving near a university.

The board didn’t vote on the issue, it was only a first reading. Hughes says if the board doesn’t listen to the people, there could be consequences.

“Perhaps it will be time to revisit the idea of initiative, referendum, and recall,” she said.

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