9:04 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power

The Columbia City Council approved a measure leading to the eviction of Regency residents.
File Photo KBIA

Many Columbia property owners are cheering after City of Columbia Proposition One passed yesterday with nearly 70 percent of the vote. 

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9:19 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Columbia voters to decide on "blight" prop and the city's use of eminent domain

Columbia Sixth Ward Councilmember Barbara Hoppe supports Proposition One, a measure on the April 2nd ballot. The measure would affect the city's use of eminent domain.

If approved, Proposition One would limit the city of Columbia’s ability to designate property as blighted for the purposes of acquiring it with eminent domain. It would also prevent eminent domain from being used to transfer the ownership of property from one private owner to another. Sixth Ward Councilmember Barbara Hoppe proposed the bill. She says that it will help sooth concerns about how the blight designation and eminent domain are used. “Well I think there’s just a general public concern about the overuse and misuse of eminent domaink," she says, "particularly after the Kelo vs.

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6:04 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

REDI to Columbia city council: rescind EEZ ordinance

The columbia City Council unanimously passed a measure creating the EEZ Board.

Columbia’s economic development leaders are officially asking the Columbia City Council to effectively drop the effort to create an enhanced enterprise zone, or EEZ, in the city.

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4:25 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Columbia activists fight urban blight label

A city of Columbia's effort to classify certain neighborhoods as blighted to help businesses secure tax credits continues to draw fire from local activists.

The "blight" label is required by the state Department of Economic Development to create Enhanced Enterprise Zones. The zones are distinct areas where businesses can receive tax breaks in return for adding new facilities or jobs.

Opponents say the label will lower property values and could make it easier for local government to seize property under eminent domain laws.

Inside the EEZ
9:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Inside the EEZ Part 1: A fit for Columbia?

A proposed enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia has generated a lot of discussion for the last few months. Concerns about the designation of blight required for the EEZ have been widely discussed in the news and at city council meetings. On Monday, Columbia City Council voted to throw out the original proposal and possibly start the process over.  In part 1 of her 3 part series on the EEZ program, KBIA’s Sarah Redohl explores whether Columbia is different from other EEZs.

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8:55 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Columbia City Council votes to rescind blight decree

The Columbia City Council originally passed a measure in February declaring some parts of the city "blighted."

The City Council passed Resolution 20-12A to declare some parts of Columbia as “blighted” in February. While the blight decree caused a large amount of backlash from Columbia residents, it was the legality of the resolution that caught the council’s attention. 

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4:02 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

More changes to columbia's blight zone

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advising Board considered two options for reducing the size of the zone in Columbia at its meeting Friday.

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5:23 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Blight Decree proposal ramifications discussed by city council

Concerns about a “blight” designation in the city of Columbia are continuing to come out in public forums. Issues such as using outdated census data from the year 2000, incorporating the first ward in the blighted zone, and potential employment of felons in the new “blighted” areas are among concerns being raised. 

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6:07 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Enhanced enterprise zones in Columbia

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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5:00 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Columbia makes changes to its EEZ proposal

The ongoing debate over the Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia prompted a change today. The proposed blight zone for Columbia is now a little bit smaller.  The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board unanimously voted in favor of eliminating six portions of the original blight zone. 

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AM Newscasts
10:17 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Newscast for March 8, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • House budget would cut services to the blind, restore higher education dollars
  • City takes aim at energy efficiency in rental units
  • Opponents of blight designation voice concerns
8:53 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Opponents of blight designation voice concerns

Residents met at city hall Tuesday to voice concerns about the EEZ program.

In Columbia, civic leaders and residents continue to voice concerns about plans to classify nearly half of the city as an "enhanced enterprise zone," designed to attract business.

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