Peppers Nightclub owner requests annexation and rezoning of the property

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | 9:02 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Peppers Nightclub owner Karon Rowe has requested annexation to the city and planned commercial zoning of her property.

In the statement of intent given to the city about the request, businesses selling alcohol are listed as one potential use.

City planner Matthew Lepke said he was surprised to see the owner's statement of intent still includes sales of alcohol, as it is against a court order.

Peppers Nightclub closed in November following a gunfight that killed 21-year-old Tevin Nelson. A preliminary court injunction bans sale or distribution of alcohol on the property until the injunction expires.

The injunction also bans sexually-orientated businesses and adult businesses on the premises.

A list of limited potential uses is included in the injunction document. Lepke said he was expecting the owner to obey the list.

"In the staff report I would not recommend any uses not permitted as part of the injunction," Lepke said.

Rowe's zoning request also includes voluntary annexation of the Peppers Nightclub property to the city, allowing the property to connect to the city sewer system. The court injunction stated the property may be used again even for those limited purposes only after connecting to the city's sewer system.

Lepke said the request will be presented to the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission on May 24, and the Columbia City Council will vote on it June 18. 

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