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Red Oak zoning held up by traffic considerations

Traffic issues cause developers to request more time
Thursday, February 11, 2010 | 12:17 p.m. CST; updated 6:56 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 11, 2010

COLUMBIA — Traffic issues have delayed a public hearing on a request by Red Oak Investment Co. to rezone 25 acres of agricultural land along Grindstone Parkway for planned commercial use.

Bruce Beckett, a lawyer representing Red Oaks Investment Co., asked Tuesday that the city move a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission from Feb. 18 to March 4 so that the company can revise its statement of intent.

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A proposed traffic signal at Grindstone Plaza Drive and Grindstone Parkway, as well as a new public street extending through the property, raised the need for further deliberation of project details.

Additional turning lanes at the proposed intersection, recommended by traffic and transportation engineers at the firm Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier, need to be discussed before Red Oak's rezoning application is presented to the commission.

A preliminary draft of a report from the city Planning and Development Department, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the city traffic engineer agreed the proposed signal would be acceptable, as long as Red Oak provides a public street through its property to allow for a future extension to Nifong Boulevard.

Red Oak's statement of intent said it would pay for the design and construction of the signal and street.

Beckett also asked Tuesday that the city amend its Major Roadway Plan to include a major collector street that would have wider right of way and bicycle lanes.

City planner Steve MacIntyre said it would be best to figure out traffic matters and to revise Red Oak's statement of intent before dealing with the request for rezoning. The department's report recommends eventual approval of Red Oak's request, provided the city's Major Roadway Plan is amended to include the proposed public street.

After the anticipated March 4 hearing, the request would go to the City Council.


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