Surveying of new high school site to begin this week

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | 5:44 p.m. CST; updated 12:48 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — Now that the St. Charles Road Development property has been chosen for the new high school, the next step is determining which part of the 236 acres that make up the site should be used. Engineering Surveys and Services, a mid-Missouri-based surveying and civil engineering firm, plans to begin detailed surveys later this week that will designate the 80 acres of space needed for the school.

An 80-acre parcel was roughly outlined during the decision-making process, but the boundary wasn’t 100 percent established, said Dave Bennett, vice president of Engineering Surveys and Services. Now, survey crews will focus on the topography, drainage features and boundary of the property to determine where to place the school.

Because of the unusual size of the land, Bennett said it will take at least a month to nail down the 80 acres.

“That is a large piece of property,” he said.

One or two survey crews — each with two or three people — will walk the property to determine the exact elevations of the land. That’ll be different from the initial surveys that were done on all the possible sites, Bennett said, because those were a collection of more general information.

The 236 acres that St. Charles Road Development Company, LLC owns is zoned as a combination of A-2 Agriculture and R-S Residential Single Family, according to Uriah Mach of the Department of Planning and Building. Mach said A-2 is standard zoning for the county and that the portion that is zoned as residential is along St. Charles Road. Mach said there is no information about future subdivisions at this time.

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