Vote Regarding Controversial Re-Zoning Tabled

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Planning and Zoning Commission has tabled a vote regarding a controversial new re-zoning plan after significant community outcry Thursday.

The land in question is located at 1404 Karen Drive. Owner Shannon Block requested that the property be changed from RS-4 Medium Density to RA-1 High Density to accommodate new development.

Block's plan would include the construction of two single residences and seven "four-plexes."

The proposal would also demolish a house built in 1896, which is located on the corner of Karen Drive and Taylor Street.

"I think it's a beautiful house and I would hate to see it destroyed," said Kristine Van Der Veen

Neighbors and community members voiced their concern regarding Block's plan.

"When someone puts a four-plex in my backyard, basically, my property value is going down," said neighbor Karen Price.

Price also stated that increased traffic is a concern. Price said that the new residences could add 60-65 cars to the neighborhood.  More opposition came regarding water quality since the property is located on a hill and near a creek.

"It's quite a hill and when it's developed, there's going to be a lot of concrete," said Eugene Hutton, speaking about water run-off.

The vote was tabled until a meeting on November 8.