HOUSTON Hundreds of people packed a high school auditorium Thursday night to sound-off on proposed landfill in Waller County.

If approved, it will occupy land just north of Hempstead near the intersection of Highway 290 and Highway 6.

Opponents jammed into the county commissioner's meeting to voice concerns about the proposal.

Some of them worried about bad smells and the impact of trucks hauling garbage from Houston.

The $40 million mixed-used development would occupy 723 acres of land.

Some residents expressed fear that it would destroy their quality of life.

I don't know how it's going to affect the community and how it's going to affect the businesses, said Miriam Shipley.

Catherine Propst, another homeowner, agreed.

That kind of thing would just wipe out our area. It would take all the beauty of the area and just destroy it, said Propst.

The developers insist the landfill will be environmentally friendly and bring hundreds of jobs to the area.
County commissioners are set to vote on the proposal on Aug. 3.

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