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Bethel-Nifong rezoning decision expected at Monday's City Council meeting

Sunday, October 2, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 12:17 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 3, 2011

COLUMBIA — A vote regarding the proposed rezoning of 22 acres of vacant land at Nifong Boulevard and Bethel Street is expected at Monday night's meeting of the Columbia City Council.

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of the request by developer Jeffrey Smith on Aug. 4. Smith wants the council to rezone the property to allow construction of apartments for seniors and a mix of commercial uses. The land is currently zoned for a mix of residential and office uses. Smith's attorney, Dan Simon, has said existing zoning would allow development of a dense student apartment complex.

The council originally was scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on the matter on Sept. 6, but the hearing was postponed at Smith's request to allow amendments to a proposed development agreement.

Residents of the nearby Bedford Walk neighborhood have presented the city with a petition bearing the signatures of 148 people who oppose the rezoning. They worry primarily about stormwater runoff and traffic in the area, according to a previous Missourian report.

In other action, the council is scheduled to:


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