New housing development raises concerns among neighbors in Saunders County

WAHOO, Neb. (WOWT) – Housing development project raises concerns among neighbors.

This is an unusual dispute as its location is six miles or more from all city services. If the developers get approval from the county board of directors, large houses will grow on this farmland near Highway 64 in Saunders County.

The Gutzwillers live across from the proposed 28 three-acre lots and all will need a well that draws water from the same source.

Neighbor Teresa Gutzwiller said: “If a group of them go up before we leave this place, or six feet deep, we could be running out of water. What do we do then, go see them and ask them if they can lend us?

For nearly half a century, this well did not serve the couple any victory. It’s 92 feet deep, but they’re worried if those expensive houses are built across the street, they’ll have to go deeper if they can touch the water at all.

The developer’s well report says the land is good for finding water, but with a dozen pivots nearby, farmers worry enough for everyone.

Farmer Gary Zicafoose said: “We take our aquifer for granted, but we don’t really know if it’s going to sustain everything and if it doesn’t and the irrigation wells pull the wells down. from home, they have priority ”.

The attorney for Whispering Ridge Estate, LLC sent a statement that developers have gone above and beyond what the county typically requires for residential projects. This includes a letter of understanding from Mead’s fire protection, but a member of the fire board says he’s not ready.

Mead Fire board member Scott Cernin said: “If the county allows it and we cannot provide the necessary fire protection due to a lack of water, who will it be? does he fall? “

The developer’s lawyer says opponents have focused on blocking the project rather than suggestions for improving it, but neighbors argue that a subdivision in the middle of farmland is not suitable.

A neighbor said, “Pretty much in the middle of nowhere for me. Don’t tell anyone though.

Before voting on the developer’s candidacy, the Saunders County Council will be holding a hearing on Whispering Ridge Estates, which could be loud and bogus.

the Saunders County Planning Commission declined a development request, but this is only a recommendation. The county council has the final say and will set a hearing date for tomorrow.

Neighbors hope it will be night so more people can attend.

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