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City holds public meeting for feedback on sidewalks plan

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 9:19 p.m. CDT; updated 7:59 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Community Development Department held its first informational meeting Monday to gain public feedback on the 2012 Sidewalk Master Plan update.

The 2012 plan is an update of the 2007 plan. Nine of 48 projects listed on the original Sidewalk Master Plan are in process or complete. The 2012 plan update consists of the 39 sidewalk projects not completed in the 2007 plan. A map and list of the proposed projects is online at gocolumbiamo.com.

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Public input helps the planning department prioritize projects, Community Development Director Tim Teddy said. The meeting was a chance for city planners to hear from residents.

Columbia resident Cliff Jarvis said that he thinks all the sidewalk projects are important, but a few are critical, such as any along Business Loop 70. Jarvis was at the meeting because he sees public involvement as essential to building sidewalks in the community.

"It's important for citizens to be involved," Jarvis said. "Really it's their responsibility to be here and give input. It's an opportunity for the public to jump in and say 'you're doing this wrong, you're doing this right and this is what you need to change.'"

Community Development Planner Rachel Bacon said overall, residents are responding well to the project.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission will review the public input on Sept. 19. The commission will then send a recommended project list to both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council. 

"It's always good to have a conversation before a funding source, before a design plan, before it's a sure thing," Bacon said.

The next informational meeting is at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall. Residents can also fill out an online survey about the updated sidewalk plan through Friday on the city's website.


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