Katy Trail boosters fight proposed home development around Missouri Bluffs Golf Club | St. Charles | stltoday.com

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Some boosters of the Katy Trail are opposing a plan to build more than 400 homes into forested Missouri River bluffs across from Chesterfield.

Officials with Trailnet, the areawide trail advocacy organization, and the Katy Land Trust contend that the plan by NT Home Builders would mar the landscape and detract from the experience of bicyclists and walkers using the nearby Katy Trail.

“We’ve developed an entire economy based on serenity and alternative mobility,” Trailnet CEO Ralph Pfremmer said Tuesday of the less populated part of the county southwest of Highway 40 (Interstate 64). “It’s going to congest that area.”

Pfremmer, who said development should stay on the other side of “the 64 corridor,” sent emails urging trail supporters to attend a county Planning and Zoning Commission hearing Wednesday night on the plan.

Another critic is Hilda “Pat” Jones of Williamsburg, Mo., who with her late husband, Edward T. “Ted” Jones Jr., donated over $2 million to buy the right-of-way space from railroads that got the trail started.

More about the effort to oppose the development on the Katy Land Trust web site:

http://katylandtrust.org/proposed-development-katy-trail-missouri-river/

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