City accepting applications for Comprehensive Plan Task Force

Friday, August 7, 2009 | 6:29 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The city is now accepting applications for a task force designed to aid the Planning and Zoning Commission in the creation of a comprehensive plan for future development in the city.

The City Council voted in May to create the Comprehensive Plan Task Force. Planning Director Tim Teddy said the task force would augment the Planning and Zoning Commission by reviewing pieces of the plan and reaching out to the public.

The task force will have 15 members, who will be appointed by the council. At least one member will come from the Vision Commission, which plays a key role in assuring that visioning goals are worked on. The council is looking for applicants who are active in the city or have been a part of the visioning process.

“It creates some stakeholder involvement in the making of the plan,” Teddy said.

Interviews for the task force will be staggered over three application cycles. Teddy said that staggering the interviews would give applicants more opportunities to apply and give the council more time to review the applications. The last round of candidates will likely be interviewed in November, and Teddy said the task force should begin work in late January 2010.

The city hopes to finish the comprehensive plan by the end of fiscal year 2011. Teddy said the committee is temporary and will dissolve once the plan is sent to the council.

Applications can be found at the City Clerk’s Office or on the city Web site and must be submitted by Sept. 4. As of Friday afternoon the city had received no applications for the task force.

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Charles Dudley Jr August 7, 2009 | 6:39 p.m.

>>> “It creates some stakeholder involvement in the making of the plan,” Teddy said. <<<

No what it really provides is another avenue for developers to get their own lobbyists voted into so they can direct how they want the city to go.

Don't be fooled Columbia. This looks like more smoke and mirrors by illustrious City Council.

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John Schultz August 7, 2009 | 10:04 p.m.

And your evidence for this claim is what exactly, considering the council didn't even come close to putting Don Stamper on P&Z?

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Charles Dudley Jr August 8, 2009 | 3:48 a.m.

John Schultz why does P & Z need it's own Commission now?

Can't they handle the job?

Can't the Visioning Commission handle it's job?

It just looks like another commission to advise another commission. Thank God they do not get paid but the funds for their meetings come out of the communities pockets.

I thought the budget was tight this coming year?

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John Schultz August 8, 2009 | 9:30 a.m.

I would have to go back to the minutes of the council meeting where this task force was approved, but I presume the reason for it is to let P&Z keep working on their regular issues while a second group looks at the proposed planning changes and presents those the community. P&Z is one of the busiest commissions with the most work, one thing that has kept me from applying for the county's P&Z board. Since these are all volunteers minus a little bit of time for staff to prepare and distribute documents, there should be a very minimal budget impact I would think.

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Charles Dudley Jr August 8, 2009 | 9:46 a.m.

John Schultz so much for smaller government aye??? lol

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John Schultz August 8, 2009 | 10:06 a.m.

I'm more concerned about the plan itself than the temporary task force.

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