The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has granted a permit to a feed lot in Lone Jack that could bring thousands of beef cattle to land three miles from a sprawling botanical garden and near homes valued at $350,000, but those neighbors are planning to fight the expansion.
The Valley Oaks Stake Co. currently has fewer than 999 head of cattle, but it received state approval of a permit to house up to 6,999 head.
A state news release said parties “adversely affected” or “aggrieved” by the decision have until July 16 to submit a written petition appealing it. An attorney representing Powell Gardens, the botanical garden near the feed lot, said an appeal was in the works.
Powell Gardens and its supporters have expressed concerns about odor, water quality problems and parasites arising from the expanded feed lot.