Residents, city leaders meet to discuss controversial Olathe development

OLATHE, Kan. - Hundreds of Olathe neighbors have presented their case before city council members to halt a proposed development project that would add more than 250 homes and a dozen businesses.

The Wheatley Hills project would be built on the southeast corner of 143rd and Pflumm. 

Residents living in four neighborhoods are concerned about the additional traffic that the homes and businesses would bring to the area. 

Joseph McMillian is a part of the Harmony View West Homes Association and is against having more than 1,000 cars driving on the narrow roads that lead into his neighborhood.

He's also worried about having homes near a designated crash landing strip for the Johnson County Executive Airport.

"If they put houses in here it's just going to create a risk to the pilots and to the residents in the areas," he said.

An attorney for the developer said they agreed to build fewer homes and eliminate a gas station,
but neighbors here want fewer, larger homes.

"He's going to put high density traffic up here coming into an area where people aren't going to be looking out for kids,"  Dale O'Connor, who has lived in Harmony View West for more than 30 years, said.

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