When the weather gets cold, Nancy Rosson’s dogs love sliding over the frozen water of Grindstone Creek, which runs through her 60-acre property. She said she enjoys her rural life and fears it might change under the East Area Plan, which studies the future of development in 21 square miles of eastern Boone County.
This, and a neighbor, prompted her to attend a public comment session Columbia and Boone County officials hosted Tuesday night.
The meeting at Elk’s Lodge was the fourth in a series discussing the plan. Most of this land is either undeveloped or farmed, and is outside Columbia city limits, according to a previous Missourian report.
Monday night’s meeting, which approximately 50 people attended, displayed a new map showing proposed uses for the study area, which encompasses 13,000 acres, outlined by Interstate 70, Rangeline Road, East New Haven Road and U.S. 63.
A large portion of this land, roughly encompassing the Gans Creek watershed, will be restricted to agriculture.
This restricted area goes from the Route Z exit on Interstate 70 south to the southeast corner of Old Hawthorne and then southwest until it hits Discovery Ridge near U.S. 63.
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