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Hannibal Rezoning Meeting sparks debate

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

It's residents versus business developer when it comes to a heated zoning debate in Hannibal.

Neighbors don't want new businesses popping up next door to their homes, but a local developer wants to bring new business near St. Mary's Avenue and highway 61.

The Committee voted three to one in favor of recommending to rezone the property to the Hannibal City Council after listening to neighbors and Jeremy Ketterer, who is wants to rezone the land.  But it's something residents don't want to see happen.

Arlan Metzger is doing his best to keep the property behind his home residential.

"If rezoning would go through, the way them houses are situated there, they could put a fence or a retain wall within 3 feet of my house and that would kill the value of my home," he said.  

In addition to dropping property values, neighbors are concerned about more traffic creating a safety issue, and the possibility of crime increasing in the area.

If these lots are rezoned to a D Highway Business, that could mean a number of things could go here, whether it's a small store or a gas station.

Hannibal City Engineer Mark Rees says he understands both sides, but there could be advantages to rezoning the property.

"You always have the opportunity for a business that creates a few more jobs and all that is good as well as possibly raising the tax base with newly constructed buildings," Rees said.  

Rees said this isn't the first time this issue has been brought up.

"Before I was city engineer as long ago as 2007, and the rezoning was denied at that time and the neighborhoods want to maintain what quiet and calm neighborhood they have left I'm sure."

And Metzger doesn't want his neighborhood to change either.

"I don't see that anybody is really for this in the neighborhood," he said.

We'll have to wait until The Hannibal City Council discusses the zoning issue on April 16th where a final decision could be made.

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