Your Opinion: Issue is road, not development

Dear Editor:

Once again a historic neighborhood is in danger of being disrupted in the guise of “progress.”

Neighbors in the Hayselton Drive area fought a battle last year to prevent a road from existing onto Hayselton Drive at a very dangerous spot.

Well, once again the developer, instead of going with the original plan some 10 years ago to exit onto West Main Street, is trying once again to put a road between two existing houses and onto Hayselton Drive.

We are wondering why a variance for road width was given in the first place. We asked to build a garage on our property and were told we would now have to abide by the zoning codes and were not eligible for a variance.

The question is not one I would like to raise but after living in the former Soviet Union for numerous years, I am wondering how much the developer has paid the code enforcement people and others at City Hall to be allowed to put a road exiting onto a narrow, old city street at a very dangerous curve. Doesn’t make sense to me unless there is money involved somewhere.

We have no objections to progress and additional subdivisions being built in Jefferson City.

However, since the developer has the property and the availability to build a road from the property, according to existing codes without variances, to exit onto West Main, why is this not being pursued and why does the City of Jefferson continue to force the people of Hayselton Drive to oppose development when all we ask is the developer to put the road between his new subdivision and West Main Street.

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