Please read Pat Jones’ letter to the editor. It expresses very well some of our concerns about the proposed development along the Katy Trail.
If you share our concerns, please join us at the zoning hearing on December 2oth. Details here.
UPDATE: There was a zoning hearing on December 20 in St. Charles. At the January 17 hearing, the committee postponed the re-zoning vote until the meeting on February 21, 2018.
The Katy Land Trust and Magnificent Missouri will be represented at this meeting, but it is important that others in the community express their opposition by attending the meeting and voicing their concerns. Please let us know if you can attend – and if you have friends in St. Charles who might be able to attend, please pass this information to them.
The land that stretches west along the Missouri River past Highway 40 remains largely rural and undeveloped. Driving Highway 94 or riding the Katy Trail in that area feels much like a drive or ride deep in the Ozarks, not 5 minutes from suburban St. Charles. This area provides hiking, biking and sightseeing that are among the best in Missouri. It has retained that feel for decades because of the land protection provided by creation of the Busch and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas in the late 1940s.
The Bluffs PUD Concept Plan shows information about a large housing development proposed on property in this area that is currently owned by the University of Missouri. This land is on the Katy Trail and close to the Busch and Weldon Spring Conservation Areas just west of Chesterfield.
On behalf of the Katy Land Trust and Magnificent Missouri we are contacting those who love the Katy Trail, Missouri River and the Missouri countryside. We believe that the scale and the location of the project are cause for questions regarding the impact on the river bluffs from the perspective of plant and wildlife habitat, aesthetics and traffic.
Please let us know if you can attend by clicking “Interested” or “Going” in our Facebook event.
If you can’t attend the zoning hearing but you’d like to comment on this issue please email the St. Charles County Planning and Zoning Department at email@example.com with questions or concerns.
In Missouri’s most beautiful time of the year, put these fun fall events on your October calendar:
Sunday, October 22
Peers to Treloar Tram Rides
On the Katy Trail
Noon to 4pm
Celebrate the Second Annual Peers to Treloar Party along the Katy Trail! Featuring music, tram rides, a bald eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary, Warren County Old Threshers, and grilled brats from the Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department.
Sunday, October 29
Meet Billyo O’Donnell
At the Peers Store
Noon to 4pm
Native of Warren County and one of America’s greatest painters, Billyo O’Donnell will be at the Peers Store. Join him for music on the porch, free ice cream as long as it lasts, and 20% off all gifts and merchandise.
Sunday, October 29
The Haunted Honeysuckle Hike
On the Katy Trail meeting at the Treloar Trailhead
Come dressed as Zombies and clear away invasive honeysuckle along the Katy Trail. Organized with Katy Trail State Park, this will be good exercise, rowdy yet safe fun, and maybe a little hard work! Free lunch at Treloar Bar & Grill for the first 15 to sign up! Sign up for the hike on EventBrite.
Constructed in 1896, the Peers Store had been closed since 2012 until Dan Burkhardt re-opened its doors on June 25th. Making its first public appearance as an art gallery, the Peers Store now highlights local artists, paying tribute to the beauty of the Missouri River area. Read more in this article!
From June to November, the newly-renovated Peers Store will be open to celebrate the 25th Birthday of the Katy Trail and to display the artwork and photography that the Missouri River Valley inspires.
Learn about the history of Peers, Missouri, and the historic Peers Store in the Peers Store Brochure.
You can also learn about the Peers Store Open House and other updates at the Missouri Humanities Council website.
This year is the 25th birthday of the Katy Trail State Park. Did you know that “a 2012 economic impact study found that Katy Trail-related expenditures made by trail users generate almost $18.5 million annually.”
Learn more about this anniversary and events planned to celebrate it at the MO State Parks website.
This Columbia Tribune article highlights the new artwork you can see along the Katy Trail, displayed in huge banners on the sides of a concrete grain silo and a grain elevator.
The article explains the role the Katy Land Trust played in this development and quotes our founder, Dan Burkhardt.