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Affected neighbors

At Monday’s meeting, city staff assured neighbors that it would be difficult to build on these wetlands and that if anything were to be built there, it would require a lengthy process with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Unless a “very extreme process occurs,” the property would remain wetlands, said Allison Hardin, the city’s planning director.

“In the realm of technical details, technically it could happen if this property were removed from the wetland inventory,” she said. “Again, a very difficult process…it’s unlikely the corps will approve of such a thing unless serious work has been done.

“If this land is not suitable for a building to be built on, we cannot give them a permit to build on it,” Hardin said, adding that the wetlands in the Army Corps of Engineer inventory are not suitable. not in development.

Several residents said that when moving there, they were told that nothing would be built on this land.

Tim Stephens, who lives on Elkford Drive, was one of those neighbors who said he was told no one could build behind his property, which adjoins the plot the city wants to rezone.

“That’s the only reason I moved here, because of what’s behind it,” Stephens said. “It is very humid there. It’s like a river there. I love this place and hope it stays the way it is.

Tanner, the county fire chief and resident of Elmhurst, said residents weren’t given the opportunity to participate in the trade before the city made the decision.

“So from what I’ve heard, the city has already decided what it’s going to do, so it’s going to do it no matter what we say,” he said.

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