Planning and Zoning Commission approves rezoning request

Friday, January 6, 2012 | 3:34 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission recommended Thursday that a site owned by the Unity Center of Columbia be annexed into the city.

The 3-acre site is currently owned by the center, and is part of an 18.8-acre plot that is currently undeveloped. If the land is annexed, the 3-acre plot could be sold to become a residential building with an in-home daycare. The church has not yet sold the property.

The commission recommended that the land become R-1 zoning.

The Unity Center asked for an exception to the city’s subdivision regulations that requires end streets to have turnarounds at the end of a road and also requires five-foot sidewalks to be constructed along all streets

The board recommended that both exceptions be made for the property. 

The church currently has no plans for the remaining 15.8-acres.

The church is unsure what to do with the land, the Rev. Kristen Powell, of Unity Church said. "we would like to keep in tune with the feel of the neighborhood and what the neighborhood would like."

City Council will have a first reading regarding the plat on Jan. 17 and should vote on the annexation on Feb. 6. 

The site is located on the north side of Bethel Drive, northeast of the intersection of Forum Boulevard and Old Plank Road. 

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