COLUMBIA — The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve an annexation and rezoning request of the Peppers Nightclub property.
Property owner Karon Rowe requested annexation of 4515 N. Highway 763 in May. She requested the land, now zoned C-G, general business, and R-S, single family residential, be changed to C-P, planned commercial zoning.
The rezoning of the property was tabled on May 24 and June 7 in previous commission meetings. Rowe was previously denied general commercial zoning in 2003 and 2009.
What happened: The Planning and Zoning Commission decided to recommend approval to the Columbia City Council of the annexation and rezoning. The approval came with the recommendations that certain land use will not be allowed:
- None of the structures can be occupied or used until the sewer is connected and all buildings meet Columbia building code.
- The property cannot involve alcohol sales, restaurants or child care facilities, among other businesses. Most of these bans are meant to restrict the property because of a history of problems at the nightclub. The Columbia police and fire departments also recommended the annexation as long as the property was not used for businesses such as bars, clubs or cabarets.
- The mobile home on the north side of the site will be removed from the property if disconnected from public utilities for 30 days.
- Parking, loading and drive areas must meet city zoning ordinances before structures are used.
- The structure at the south end cannot be used for commercial purposes.
- A court order prevents the use of the land until the property is connected to the sewer system. The current sewer lagoon on the property has failed. The sewer connection would most likely be made in the northwest corner of the property, but there are several options for sewer connections, land surveyor Ron Lueck said.
- Karon Rowe’s attorney, Robert Hollis, said that regulations placed on the land use should not be made based off the current ownership.
- Members of the commission expressed concern over limiting land usage because of a history of violent crime on the property. It was hoped the regulations would improve safety and welfare and help in a possible sale later. The regulations could always be re-considered in the future. Commissioner Stephen Reichlin commented that the commission had the job to protect the community, and if they had to place regulations, then so be it.
What's next: The City Council will take up the issue at its next scheduled meeting on July 16.
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