community development

Area Southeast of Town Set for Rezoning

Jun 6, 2014
KBIA

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.

Columbia’s city clerk has until Tuesday evening to decide whether the petition known as Repeal 6214 has enough signatures and is valid - and whether the city can continue with its plans, approved last March, with the developer the Opus Group. If you’ve been following this story, you know that this is about another student housing complex planned for downtown Columbia. Those in favor of the plan - including the mayor and a majority of city council members - say increasing the housing opportunities and investment downtown is a good thing.

CATSO updates transportation plan for Columbia

Oct 28, 2013
10th and Elm in downtown Columbia
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The Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization (CATSO) recently extended its existing Long Range Transportation Plan from 2030 to 2040. The plan will outline the future of Columbia’s transportation regarding current transit, alternative modes of transportation and non-motorized transportation for the next 27 years.

New rail transfer facility helps businesses in Washington, Mo.

Apr 8, 2013

Gov. Jay Nixon says a new rail transfer facility in eastern Missouri has already helped local employers expand.

Nixon was in Washington, Mo., on Monday to help dedicate the $4.2 million rail transfer project.

Nixon says the project helped two local businesses expand their operations and create about 330 jobs. He was joined at the event by officials from those businesses — CG Power Systems and Canam Steel.

KBIA file photo

Columbia City Council voted Monday night to hire an outside consulting service to help with the revision of the city’s zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Council members hope hiring an outside consultant to focus on city-specific zoning issues will help spur urban growth. Community Development Director Tim Teddy says the project would be a multiyear effort.