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planning and zoning

Business
8:47 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Columbia P&Z recommends rezoning for downtown student housing

The City of Columbia’s Planning and Zoning commission voted Thursday night to recommend approval of a large student housing development project near the MU campus. The proposed development, located between Providence Road and Fifth Street, is pushing forward despite uncertainties about downtown Columbia’s infrastructure.           

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Politics
3:39 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Columbia to consider changing definition of family for zoning purposes

Credit File photo / KBIA

The Columbia City Council is considering changing the definition of family in zoning ordinances to include domestic partners.

The current zoning ordinance defines a family as an individual, or a married couple, and their children and no more than two other persons related to the individual. No more than three unrelated people are allowed to live in single-family homes.

Because of that definition, domestic partners were considered unrelated people, which is what a proposed resolution would change.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Columbia P&Z approves student apartment complex

The Fifth Street and Conley Avenue area is being considered for a new apartment complex.
Credit Nate Anton / KBIA

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a recommendation to build The Residences at Fifth and Conley, an apartment building able to house up to 354 students. Development Services Manager Pat Zenner says the developers of the new apartment complex are working well with the city and taking an innovative approach to avoid problems.

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Business
3:52 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Columbia's City Council reexamines downtown zoning classification

The ordinance was introduced after a demolition permit was filed for the Niedermeyer building in downtown Columbia.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Columbia City Council is considering an ordinance that would put a temporary abeyance on demolition permits in downtown Columbia. This comes after a petition to demolish the oldest building in downtown Columbia to possibly make way for high-rise student housing. 

City development services manager Pat Zenner says the petition to demolish the 175-year-old Niedermeyer building at 10th and Cherry downtown theoretically could be approved in a matter of weeks.

"Basically, the applicant has made a legitimate request to demolish a building,” he tells KBIA.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Opponents of new Break Time to re-collect petition signatures

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

It’s back to the drawing board for Columbia residents fighting a rezoning that would put a new Break Time in their neighborhood near Grindstone Parkway and Rock Quarry Road.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Columbia council approves consultant for zoning issues

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.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Columbia Conventional Property Zoning Challenged

Conventional property zoning operates on the belief that properties should be grouped by their use.

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