advertisement

Final draft of East Area plan presented to public

Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 10:40 p.m. CDT; updated 2:11 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 17, 2010

COLUMBIA — Thursday night’s joint session of the Columbia and Boone County Planning and Zoning Commissions gave the public its first opportunity to comment on the final draft of the East Columbia Area plan.

It was also the first time the planning and zoning commissions presented the introduction, executive summary and the implementation chapter of the plan. 

The eight people in attendance were appreciative of the work done by the city staff and both commissions.

“I have been to most of the meetings that the city has kindly put on and welcomed the public’s contact,” Columbia resident Margaret Langland said. “This has been ... a very democratic and very exciting process to be involved in."

The city held five stakeholder meetings as the plan was being drafted. More than 100 people attended the first meeting, but only about 50 people turned out for the fifth.

The city planning and zoning commission will hold a work session on Sept. 23 to discuss the public comments and issues brought up at Thursday’s meeting.

Former mayoral candidate John Clark emphasized the importance of the plan, saying he appreciated the strong community involvement behind it.

“I’m going to tell everybody that I know to read it, and actually, because of the process, trust it,” he said.

Columbia resident Ellen Wolfe said she feels this plan is a good start to a process that does not end with the upcoming final public hearing and vote. If it passes, the plan will be continually updated. 

“We like this process, where there’s input from the people who actually live there and we have a say in what happens in the area,” she said.

Columbia resident Jack Clark said he hopes the Columbia City Council will give the plan the credence it deserves.

The plan must still be approved by the council and the Boone County Commission before it goes into effect.

The final public hearing and vote on the East Columbia Area Plan will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 30, in the council chamber, 701 E. Broadway.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements