City partners with Galloway neighbors to plan future of village

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Homeowners and stakeholders in the Galloway Village neighborhood have a chance to come together and decide what they want the future to look like.

Debates about the area stem back to 2014 when Springfield City Council adopted a blight study and redevelopment plan for the area. Since then, development along the Lone Pine corridor from Battlefield to Republic Road has intensified. The unique topography of the area, along with increased retail and residential multifamily development has brought to light a variety of development concerns.

As a result, Springfield council members directed staff to gather the community to brainstorm solutions to those concerns. Senior Planner Olivia Hough is leading the engagement process. Hough said the first meeting's goal is to compile a list of the neighbors top priorities. "We are going to provide a lot of information that staff has been collecting about traffic counts, crash data, environmental information, flooding, that type of thing," began Hough. "We're going to provide a lot of information and we're going to be allowing people to write in comments and to vote on some general priorities."

Wendy Huscher of Galloway Village talked about what her top concerns are. "My main concern is preserving history and protecting the nature," said Huscher. "Those are two qualities that the Galloway area has that you can't just find all over Springfield."

A spokesman for Green Circle Projects, the company in charge of one of the new multi-use developments in Galloway, also expressed concerns as a new neighbor. "We also share some of their concerns," began Matt Wagner. "The increased traffic, the trail safety, the water quality, we've done some work on Galloway Creek, so, um, that the water flows through there faster," continued Wagner, talking about the concerns of flooding in the area.

With all this in mind, the City moves forward with their first of three public input meetings. Those interested in sharing feedback and helping plan for the future of the Galloway/Lone Pine area can attend the meeting Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church located at 2751 East Galloway. Two additional public meetings are planned for the spring and summer months. People can also participate in an online survey on the City's website.

Once the public input process is complete, Planning and Development staff will present a report to City Council in late summer with recommendations. Until the public input process has ended, the City has put an administrative delay on any new lot combinations or zoning requests for the area. Anything that has already been approved can move forward.