Regulators OK new boundaries at Lake of the Ozarks

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | 11:43 a.m. CDT; updated 1:13 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 5, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Federal regulators have approved Ameren Missouri's plans to reduce its boundary along the Lake of the Ozarks to exclude more than 1,500 homes and other structures.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Tuesday it approved Ameren's proposal to remove unneeded land around the popular Missouri lake. Officials say no homes or businesses are included within the redrawn boundaries.

Ameren was given a year to report its plans for handling the gazebos, piers and other outbuildings that remain.

Numerous landowners at the lake have feared since last year that they could lose homes, patios and boathouses.

Ameren noted in a 2008 shoreline management plan that some structures have been built over time within the hydroelectric project's boundaries. Federal regulators said last summer that encroaching buildings should be removed in most cases.

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