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Phase three of Columbia Imagined identifies 12 issues for growth and development

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 9:11 p.m. CDT; updated 9:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — The process of creating Columbia's next growth and development plan, Columbia Imagined, is halfway done.

The third of its six planning phases wrapped up in a summary meeting Tuesday identifying 12 key issues.

The key issues — including community safety, jobs and economic development, and education — are consolidated from more than 250 issues brought up by the public during meetings and in a third phase survey, according to Patrick Zenner, the city's development services manager.

The public is still encouraged to participate in the phase three or phase two online surveys at columbiaimagined.com if they have more to add, Zenner said.  

The 12 key issues will serve as topics for four public meetings in phase four of the process. There, the public will work with the city to identify goals and objectives for growth and development in Columbia.

The fourth phase will start by the end of April and run through May, said Steve Jeanetta, a community development process expert.

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

The 12 key issues Jeanetta presented in the meeting that affect growth and development in Columbia are:

  1. Neighborhoods and quality of life
  2. Use of spaces
  3. Housing
  4. Recreation
  5. Education
  6. Jobs and economic development
  7. Managing change
  8. Downtown
  9. Community safety
  10. Transportation
  11. Community participation
  12. Health care

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