COLUMBIA – It might be another month before residents of Columbia Regency mobile home park learn the fate of their community.
Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said Monday morning that the Columbia City Council received an email from the attorney of the developer Friday asking that the request to rezone Columbia Regency mobile home park be tabled until Nov. 21.
Crockett Engineering has asked on behalf of Columbia Regency that the land be rezoned for a planned residential development. The company intends to sell the land to Aspen Heights, which builds student apartments.
City Clerk Sheela Amin said the council usually follows through with public comment on matters that are on the agenda. If the item is tabled, however, it may choose to wait until November to allow the public to speak.
The email, sent by attorney Robert Hollis, offered no reason for the request to table the decision. Hoppe said such requests usually come when the developer wants time to revise plans. She also said these requests usually are honored.
When the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted not to recommend the rezoning Sept. 22, the developer and buyer were asked whether they wanted it voted on or tabled to revise the plans. The representatives asked for the vote. Charlie Vatterott, executive vice-president of development for Aspen Heights, said after the meeting that tabling would have given residents less time to move out of the mobile home park if the council approved the request.
The developers already have proposed several amendments to the original rezoning request. One would offer a $1,200 relocation allowance for each mobile home in the park. Another would give residents 180 days to move, which is two months longer than 120 days required by the city.
The council also is scheduled to introduce an ordinance Monday night that would mandate 180 days notice of eviction in similar cases involving mobile homes and apartments.
The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council's chambers at the Daniel Boone City Building.