County Planning and Zoning recommends East Area Plan

Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 9:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The East Area Plan continued to move through the processes of city and county government Thursday night. 

After a positive recommendation from the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission last month, the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission also decided to recommend the East Area Plan.

The discussion took less than 10 minutes and the vote was unanimous, 7-0.

The plan would be a guide for the city and county to assess rezoning requests in the eastern portion of the city. Instead of looking at each request in a piecemeal fashion, the East Area Plan provides overarching goals for a 21-square mile area east of Columbia.

The plan started out as a city project and became a joint effort with the county because two-thirds of the study area lies outside city limits. The city and county incorporated residents’ opinions through five stakeholder meetings and two public hearings.

“You guys got what you wanted,” Boone County Senior Planner Thad Yonke said. “The stuff that you expressed at the very beginning of this process about listening to county residents and making sure that those really rural points of view were reflected, not just the suburban (and) urban ones."

Stan Shawver, director of the Boone County Planning and Building Department, will present the East Area Plan and the County Planning Commission's recommendation to the Boone County Commission at its next meeting on Nov. 4.

At that point, the County Commission can schedule a work session in addition to its required public hearing.

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