COLUMBIA — On Feb. 23, Columbia planning officials will host the second in a series of public meetings regarding the East Columbia Area Plan.
City staff and members of the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will present preliminary findings related to future growth in a roughly 21-square-mile area east of Columbia. They’ll also report their interpretations of goals and objectives for the plan based on feedback obtained at a previous public meeting held in November.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge, 4747 Elk Park Drive E. The meeting will have three parts:
- 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.: open question-and-answer session
- 5:45 to 7 p.m.: presentation by city staff
- 7 p.m.: open question-and-answer session
Participants at the first meeting said they would like to preserve trees, open spaces and rural character. Several were unhappy about the prospect of being annexed into the city, citing fears of urban sprawl, traffic and higher taxes.
A planned extension of Stadium Boulevard is likely to bring large-scale development to the area, most of which is outside city limits. The study area is bounded by Interstate 70, U.S. 63, East New Haven Road and Rangeline Road.