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Neighborhood rallies to oppose development before decision

Posted: 5:47 PM, Jan 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-09 00:24:28Z

A District 66 neighborhood rallies before the Omaha City Council approves or denies the re-zoning of Sunset Valley Golf Course for a new development.

Neighbors have met with the developers but still aren't pleased with the proposal especially because of added traffic near the school and in the neighborhood.  They say they've gathered more than 1,3000 petition signatures.

About 20 residents gather Monday afternoon for a "Save Sunset Hills" Rally near the elementary school off of 93rd & Walnut St.

NP Dodge plans to build 37 residential housing lots and 4 apartments with single and two bedroom units.

The city council will decide if the golf course will be re-zoned for the project near 92nd & Arbor St. called "Arbor Woods."  Neighbors have been concerned about how close the homes will come to theirs, how it will impact taxes, how it will impact the flood plain, and traffic.

"So vehicles are trying to weave in and out and children are in the street and there's runners on the other side of the street and so we're just concerned that it's dangerous for children and their safety with no sidewalks in particular," said Sheila Karpf, a Sunset Hills resident.

NP Dodge says they made meaningful changes and spoke with many residents before finalizing the plan to create something that will benefit everyone in the neighborhood.

Karpf says an anonymous donor has come forward to purchase the land from NP Dodge and make it a greenspace.

The Omaha Planning Board recommended approving the zoning change, but also say they need to add sidewalks to the new development.

More than one dozen people have written letters to the city in opposition and will have their chance to speak to them on Tuesday.