McBride & Sons, one of the largest home builders in the country, has decided they want to build more than 1000 homes in the floodplain, right between the Howard Bend Levee and the Creve Coeur Park wetlands. How many trillions of dollars do taxpayers need to spend bailing out flooded homes and businesses? We spent billions moving houses and entire TOWNS out of floodplains after the '93, '95, '98 and 2008 floods (notice a pattern?). Homeowners are NOT required to purchase flood insurance, so we will be bailing out more fools WHEN this land floods again. I'm excited, how about you?
How excited will Parkway Schools be when they have to find space for 400-600 more children? That will fill a WHOLE NEW elementary school of kids!! Who pays for that? WE do! Who pays until this new school can be built? OUR CHILDREN pay with their education and their safety, in overcrowded schools until a new school can be built. Just say NO!
To summarize... for this 1 subdivision, with our endless pots of taxpayer money, we now need to bail out flooded homeowners, build at least 1 new school, pay more teachers, build a new police station, pay more police officers and widen River Valley Road. You might be asking yourself, "Is there MORE?!?" Well, yes... yes there is ALWAYS more! Once you have more than 1000 families (2000-4000 people) living in this subdivision, you will need a closer gas station, a closer grocery store, a closer everything! Plus, you can never build just ONE subdivision, they come in herds... a big one here, a small one there... houses, houses everywhere!
We need to put our collective foot down and say "No Way!" to development in our FLOODPLAIN. Join us this Tuesday, June 24th, at the Maryland Heights Government Center for the first public hearing. The developer will be asking the Planning Commission to rezone this Non-Urban/Agricultural land as a Residential Planned District. Stand up for our community and our future, by telling the Planning Commission to "Say NO Way" to residential development in the floodplain.