Neighbors unhappy about planned housing development in Omaha

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Plans for a housing development in Omaha are moving forward despite some unhappy neighbors.

The new development will be near 91st and Arbor. It will be called Arbor Woods and replace the old Sunset Valley Golf Club.

The Omaha City Council passed the measure to allow the project unanimously on Tuesday.

Neighbors were at the meeting to raise their concerns, including traffic flow, the potential for flooding, and the loss of green space.

Katie Wetiz has lived in her home near the golf course for 30 years. She said the city's approval is a loss for her and for her memories.

"Having all that green space has always been an asset to the community," she said. "And a place where you take the dog and kids."

Neighbors also told the city council they believe crimes such as car break-ins will rise in the area with the addition of new housing.

"I don't think it's worth the city and NP Dodge to make money to detriment our neighborhood. We have occasional crime, but I know it would increase," Evan Halpain said.

Developers said they will distribute new traffic based on current patterns that would be through 90th and Arbor.

Some said that won't benefit everyone.

"They said 90th and Arbor and 90th and Center is where they will try and divert the traffic, which is good for the neighborhood and Sunset Hills kids but it's hard on Westside Elementary kids," a neighbor said.

NP Dodge said they will replant trees the best they can to combat the loss of green space.