Win for Katy Trail advocates on Missouri Bluffs/Katy Trail development in St Charles County | STLToday

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After its controversial decision to sell 135 acres it owns on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River to a housing developer, the University of Missouri said Friday it wants to preserve 100 acres in St. Charles County not slated for new housing.

The university is seeking public agencies willing to buy the roughly 200 acres containing the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club and an additional 100 adjacent acres just west of Highway 40 (Interstate 64) in unincorporated St. Charles County. The university said 46 of those acres along the Katy Trail would be restricted for use as trails and public space. All 100 acres would be open to the public. . . .

“We have attended several public meetings and met with many interested parties about the future of this land,” Kevin Hogg, the university’s director of real estate and business services said in a statement. “After listening to the feedback, we determined that the best action was to offer this property for sale to public entities with specific development restrictions as part of any contract. This will guarantee the land remains in a natural state for generations of Missourians.” . . .

Many Katy Trail enthusiasts and conservation advocates decried the university’s move, first announced in late 2017. St. Charles County’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended against the housing plan. But the St. Charles County Council overrode that decision in June.

MoBikeFed comment: The University of Missouri system, which owns the property, is planning to sell 135 acres of land in this area to a developer with plans to build 276 homes.

Development plans for the area, which is an undeveloped, wooded area on the Missouri River bluffs immediately adjacent to the Katy Trail in St Charles County, have been opposed by groups like the Katy Land Trust, Magnificent Missouri, and Trailnet.

The proposed development is near the Katy Trail and also immediately adjacent to a Great Rivers Greenway trail that connects local communities to the Katy Trail.

The Katy Land Trust has a page outlining their reasons for opposing the development and updates and developments over the campaign, which has been going on for nearly two years now:

More news stories about the proposed development and the Katy Land Trust's campaign: