City seeks public opinion in third phase of comprehensive plan

Saturday, February 4, 2012 | 4:53 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The city looking for residents' top reasons for living in the Columbia area. It also wants to know which issues people are most concerned about and how people feel about the way Columbia has changed in the past 10 years.

Columbia Imagined, the city's growth and development plan, has reached the third of its six planning phases.

Through an online survey and public meetings, Columbia is looking for input as it creates a new plan to replace the city's current Metro 2020 plan, which was adopted in 2001.  According to a news release, the Community Development Department said that with more input, "The plan will better reflect the community's vision for how the city should proceed over the next five, 10 and 20 years."

Citizens can take the survey online.

The city will also host several community meetings:

  •  6 p.m. Tuesday at Gentry Middle School
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Elementary School
  • 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School
  • 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Derby Ridge Elementary School
  • 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at City Hall, room 1A/1B
  • 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Activity and Recreation Center

The third phase summary will be at 5:30 p.m. March 20 at City Hall, room 1A/1B.

The draft of the new development plan is expected to be sent to City Council by the end of this year for final approval.

The city has been developing without a guide for years. The Metro 2020 plan was outdated because of the city's development speed, and it has been sparsely used by planning staff, Community Development Director Tim Teddy said in a previous Missourian article.

To weigh in on the discussion, people can fill out the survey at City Hall, Columbia Mall, Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, the ARC, Columbia Public Library, Wabash Station, Memorial Union or the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

People can stay involved with the process online at Follow the process on Twitter at @COMOImagined or on the Columbia Imagined Facebook page.

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