COLUMBIA —The City of Columbia will host a public overview this evening of the city’s Natural Resources Inventory Project, giving citizens an opportunity to learn about the project and give feedback.
The event from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Activity and Recreation Center will showcase data on the city’s natural assets and explain how the information can help guide policy decisions on issues such as development and land preservation.
During the first hour, Timothy Haithcoat, director of the Geographic Resource Center, is scheduled to give a detailed overview of the project and a basic inventory of the city's assets.
The second hour will consist of a facilitated question and answer session between the audience and panelists. Sarah Read, president and owner of The Communications Center, will be the moderator. The panel includes Haithcoat; John Fleck, coordinator of the city’s geographic information systems; and Tom Vernon, member of an Imagine Columbia’s Future citizen topic group.
“This is an opportunity for stakeholders to express how they want the city’s natural resources used,” Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine said.