Columbia residents might start noticing some changes in the land southeast of town.
The planning and zoning commission approved a zoning request from Crockett Engineering last night at City Hall.
The motion of approval will now be forwarded to the City Council.
The request asked the city to annex roughly 130 acres of mostly woodlands at the southeast corner of Route K and Old Plank Road.
Crockett applied for permanent zoning for the land for a large one-family dwelling district and a planned unit development.
The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine has been planning an expansion for nearly seven years. Dean Neil Olson said the project would add 140,000 square feet of space dedicated to research and teaching.
Monsanto Co. plans a $400 million expansion at its suburban St. Louis research center that could add 675 jobs over the next three years.