Montelle Winery on the Missouri weinstrasse near Augusta has a commanding view of the Missouri River Valley.

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Unpopular Development Approved: New Homes Coming To Picturesque St. Charles Property

"None of the home will be visable from the Katy Trail, so so consequently I don't see how that can possibly affect the vista that we're looking for."

June 26, 2018 - 9:38 am
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) - If you were present, you could tell it wasn't a popular decision, but St. Charles County Council members gave zoning approval to a new subdivision on some of the most picturesque land in the region. 

The tally was 5-to-1, with one abstention, to approve developer Greg Whittaker's plans for 140 homes and additional townhomes on land near Highway 64/40 next to the Missouri River in. It it being sold by the University of Missouri. 

Residents who were present begged the council not to approve the plans in the Missour Bluffs area near the Katy Trail, citing "disruptions" and "negative impacts." 

But Brad Goss, representing the homebuilder, says they've made changes, like promising to preserve 88 percent of trees in the area. County councilman Terry Hollander was among the "yes" votes.

"None of the home will be visable from the Katy Trail, so so consequently I don't see how that can possibly affect the vista that we're looking for," Hollander says. 

The only "no" vote came from Mike Elam. 

"The only people who comment positively for this are people who are involved in building the community and have a stake in that," Elam says. "And the people who we hear over and over, who flood our phone calls, who flood our emails say 'Please don't do this.'" 

After Elam was applauded by the meeting attendees, the county council vote was 5-to-1 to approve the subdivision.

Engineer Doug Thiemann says what was presented at Monday's meeting was a "drastically revised plan" that included some new "very large conservation areas."