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St. Charles Co. gives green light to controversial subdivision near Katy Trail

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The St. Charles County Council approved plans to turn an area near the Katy Trail into a subdivision, but a number of changes were made before the green light was given.

For months, people who live and visit the area near the proposed development have spoken out against the idea of building a subdivision on the land owned by the University of Missouri. The land sits on a bluff above the Katy Trail, next to the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club. There is also a hotel and an industrial park nearby.

St. Charles based NT Homes made several changes to the plan that was approved by county council Monday night. Months ago, the Planning and Zoning Board rejected the proposal to build almost 400 homes. The final plan consists of around 140 homes and several plots for townhomes. The final plan also includes a much larger buffer zone of trees on the bluffs above the Katy Trail. But opponents say it’s not enough.

“We’re on the Katy Trail all the time and subdivisions that do exist by the Katy Trail, you can hear them. You can hear the dogs, you can smell the mowing of the grass and the barbeques, and you don’t go to the Katy Trail for that reason, you go to escape all that,” said St. Charles resident Angie Jungbluth.

The County Council voted 5-1 with one member abstaining. They said this was one of the most difficult decisions but in the end, Councilman David Hammond said it is the best way to protect the land. He explained the University of Missouri system could eventually still do whatever they want with the land and this allows the council to ensure there are protections for conservation.

Those protections will also extend to the building process.

“The county has very strict regulations as it pertains to stormwater runoff as it has to do with erosions, all erosion techniques have to be in place before they can turn a shovel so we’ll keep a close eye on it," said St. Charles County Councilman David Hammond.

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