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Columbia City Council votes to table rezoning request

Monday, April 2, 2012 | 10:58 p.m. CDT; updated 11:37 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — The City Council voted Monday to table a request that would have enabled a local developer to build several condominiums at the southeast corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road.

JQB Construction received approval from the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission on March 22 to build 76 multi-family dwelling units on 15 acres but needed final approval from the council.

After hearing from residents during the council's Monday night meeting, the council voted 6-1 to table the request for two weeks so there could be more discussion between the developers and residents.

Johanna Oldham, who lives near the land and spoke at the meeting, said many of her neighbors were not notified of the rezoning request. She asked the council to table the request until her neighbors could come forth and discuss the matter.

"I would like for it to not come in, but it's too far into the process for that to happen," Oldham said. "It's a huge block of forest, and it's quite peaceful at the end of the street."

Tim Crockett, who spoke on behalf of JQB Construction, said there were numerous public meetings about the project, but that only a few people showed up. He also expressed the developments were not for student housing.

"These units are for sale and not for rent," Crockett said.

In other action, the council approved:

  • Extension of the city's agreement with MU to provide shuttle service for the 2012-2013 academic year. MU hired a consultant to assess its transit needs, and the council wanted time to examine the findings. The agreement would have expired in May.
  • Installation of lighting on two football and lacrosse fields at Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area, as well as as construction of a restroom and concession facilities.
  • The construction of sidewalks along the west side of Fairview Road from Fairview Elementary School to north of Rollins Street, as well as a mini-roundabout at the intersection of Fairview and Rollins.

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