County Commission schedules public hearing for East Area Plan

Thursday, November 4, 2010 | 9:15 p.m. CDT; updated 10:23 p.m. CDT, Thursday, November 4, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Commission gave kudos to the city and county planning and zoning commissions Thursday for working together on the Northeast and East Columbia Area plans.

The county commission will be the final stop for approval of the East Columbia Area Plan, a project that has been in progress for almost a year and a half.

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission endorsed the plan on Sept. 30, and the City Council gave its approval Monday. At its Thursday meeting, the county commission scheduled a final public hearing to be conducted with its staff on Nov. 30 to meet a requirement to notify the public 15 days before the hearing.

There was no discussion among the commission members to amend the Northeast Columbia Area Plan, and they unanimously approved the resolution.

Northern District Commissioner Skip Elkin took a moment to commend the city and county for working together on that project.

Elkin said that development of the East Columbia Area Plan “went a lot better as a result of what we learned,” referring to the trial run of city-county cooperation on the Northeast Columbia Area Plan.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller.

Presiding Commissioner Ken Pearson said the example set by the planning and zoning commissions on the two plans should be extended to other elements of city and county government. Doing so will be advantageous for economic and educational development and will provide a better future for the county, he said.

Another item on the commission’s agenda was a request from Henry Waters of Columbia to approve a revised plan for his property at Turkey Creek Estates. Waters was not present for comment, but the commission approved the request unanimously.

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