Dardenne Prairie residents reject plan to develop businesses and apartments

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DARDENNE PRAIRIE, MO (KTVI)-- City leaders in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, met Wednesday night to vote on a controversial rezoning plan.

More than 300 residents attended the meeting.

It would re-zone a property on Bryan Road from single-home residential to commercial.

Developers plan to build a 288-unit apartment complex, and 655,000 square feet of commercial space. Some surrounding roads would be widened.

The plan would increase traffic in the area by 33,000 cars per day, according to one study.

Laura Outman lives in the area and opposes the plan, "We moved here to get away from all of that traffic and commercial stuff."

The city administrator said the plan would help keep taxes in the area low by generating at least $1.1 million per year in revenue.

Residents found out about the plan in October.

"It is just way too rushed," Outman said.

The city administrator said the city did everything it "legally" needed to do in terms of notifying residents.

At 11:00pm Wednesday, the issue was tabled and no vote was taken.

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