Ashland Looks to Annex
The landscape near the Columbia Regional Airport could change soon. Don Wren owns 202 acres of land that Ashland is considering annexing.
"My gut feeling probably I would rather it stay a farm through eternity but with the way things are today, well that's just probably not going to happen," Wren said.
Ashland wants to expand its city limits by 475 acres. Wren and another family own the Boone County land the city is looking at. The families have been asked to voluntarily annex the land. The plot of land Ashland is looking to annex borders Route H and Airport Road.
In the future, the land could bring development to the area. The city could choose to zone the land for commercial opportunities ranging from commercial opportunities like hotels to an industrial park. The options are seen as a step forward for Ashland.
"Creating new jobs in our community and the other is creating an industrial base in Boone County, another place where industry can locate," Ashland City Administrator Ken Eftink said.
Until zoning decisions are made, Wren will continue to work in his farmland.
A public hearing on the annexation process is planned on May 15.