Columbia Imagined asks residents to identify goals, objectives of development

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 4:38 p.m. CDT; updated 9:40 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

COLUMBIA — The city is seeking public opinion to identify future development goals as the creation of the new comprehensive plan, Columbia Imagined, enters the fourth of six phases.

A new survey has been created based on 12 key issues that residents identified as priorities during phase 3. In the survey, participants will be asked to list two broad goals for Columbia's future development, as well as specific measures to achieve those goals in the next 20 years.

Residents can fill out the online survey or join a series of public meetings that will continue through mid-May. The draft of the new development plan is expected to be sent to Columbia City Council by the end of this year for final approval.

The public meetings are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday at the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St. Issue areas to be discussed will include neighborhoods/quality of life, education and transportation.
  • May 1 at the ARC. Topics to be discussed will include economic development, housing and community safety.
  • May 14 in Conference Room 1A/1B at the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway. Topics to be discussed will include recreation, downtown and community participation. 
  • May 15 in Conference Room 1A/1B at the Daniel Boone City Building. Issue areas will include health care, managing change and use of space.

The city also will allow residents to fill out paper versions of the survey at the Boone Building, Columbia Mall, Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, the ARC, Columbia Public Library, Wabash Station bus depot, MU Memorial Union or Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

Residents can stay involved with the process online at, or they can follow the process on Twitter at @COMOImagined or on the Columbia Imagined Facebook page.

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Richard Saunders April 24, 2012 | 5:24 p.m.

I'd like to imagine them staying out of the middle of everyone's lives, but I'm doubtful that's the input they're looking for.

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