Proposed development on the Katy Trail and Missouri River opposed by the Katy Land Trust is approved by St Charles County Council | The Katy Land Trust

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At their meeting on June 25, the St. Charles County Council voted to approve the plan that will allow the Missouri Bluffs subdivision to proceed. The “plan” that was approved was not specific and will need much clarification and refinement in future meetings.

Thank you to all who have spoken at meetings, emailed Council members and University of Missouri officials, distributed signs and flyers, and attended meetings. You have raised every argument possible to attempt to get the Council to accept the “NO” recommendation of the County Planning and Zoning Commission. Ultimately it wasn’t enough and despite universal opposition, the Council allowed this project to proceed.

The good news is that the development is now “less bad” than what we began fighting it in December, 2017. There are fewer housing units on less of the property and some steps have been made to mitigate the visual and environmental damage that will result.

Next Steps:
There is much more to do. As the plan is refined in future Council meetings, more attention from the public will be required to ensure that promises that have been made by the developer — protection of the tree canopy and “no disturbance” areas, for example — are kept and are specified in ways that will be enforceable in the future.

Thanks for all of your help and concern! We will continue to look for ways to make what has happened less bad for this remarkable river bluff property.

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