Boone County Commission nearing approval of East Area Plan

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | 9:07 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — There was no discussion of the East Area Plan during the final public meeting on the issue.

The required Boone County Commission public hearing on the East Area Plan has cleared the way for a vote. The commission will be the final government body to vote on the plan.

Both the Columbia and Boone County planning and zoning commissions recommended the plan, and the Columbia City Council unanimously adopted it on Nov. 1.

The plan would be a guide for the city and county to assess rezoning requests for a 21-square mile area east of Columbia.

The Columbia City Council originally assigned the plan in December 2008 and it became a joint effort with the county in June 2009. Two-thirds of the study area lies in the county and 69 percent of the area is currently zoned agricultural.

“I really want to thank...the planning and zoning folks and the city for working together on this,” Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ken Pearson said. “I think I said this before when we were talking about some examples of the county and the City of Columbia (working) together on areas of mutual interest.”

There were no public comments at Monday night’s meeting. Five stakeholder meetings and two joint public hearings were also held during the plan’s formative stages.

“I think the fact that there’s not people here clamoring to speak says a lot to the process that was followed,” said Stan Shawver, director of the Boone County Planning and Building Department.

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