South Platte County residents of Countrywood oppose new development

SOUTH PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. - Their motto is "country living at the city's doorstep."

But as some can see from the signs, surrounding homeowners in Countrywood believe their lifestyle is in jeopardy.

The neighborhood in South Platte County near Parkville has many larger homes that sit on larger lots. But a new development proposes to bring in 379 homes on 143 acres. That's about 2.65 homes per acre.

"Their proposal is to take, R-80, which is the least dense, and they're going put the most dense right next to it," attorney Bill Quitmeier said.

Quitmeier is representing the frustrated resident and he thinks it's a little too close to home.

"We're not expecting this to stay wide open space, we just expect that they build houses and neighborhoods similar to this," he said.

But developer Brian Mertz says he's staying within the boundaries of the land use plan to build a nice development with homes starting at $275,000. 

"Lot sizes average a little over 10,000 square feet. There's about 24 acres of common ground, pools, parks, walking trails, fishing lake; a subdivision people can call home," Mertz said.

Mertz said they are also looking into road improvements that will be needed due to increased traffic. Overall, he believes it's the right move.

"It's good for the businesses, it's good for our economy. The increase in construction jobs are coming at a right time in our economy and it provides housing that people are looking for," Mertz said.

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