Opponent of Villa Hills development hoping new officials can stop it

VILLA HILLS, Ky. -- Some Villa Hills residents have been fighting a planned development, even after their city council OK'd a zoning change for it earlier this year. 

With a newly elected mayor and council, some of them are now hoping they have the political backing to stop it.

The plan for the 86-acre parcel calls for construction a mixed-use complex near Amsterdam Road. More than 2,000 residents signed a petition to stop it.

Kathy Stover will replace one of the five council members voted out of office. 

"They came out in huge numbers to the polls and voted in new council members and a new mayor," she said.

There's nothing else like the proposed development in Villa Hills, Stover said. 

Carrie Harms said some of her friends have already left the quiet neighborhood. But now it would take a court ruling and a reversal of the zoning laws to keep the "Sanctuary Village" out of her backyard.

"We are not anti-development, we just want them to listen to our feedback and come back with a revision that makes more sense," she said. 

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