Annexation, expansion planned for High Hill Circle Mobile Home Park

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 8:46 p.m. CST; updated 6:24 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 30, 2013
A public information meeting was held Tuesday to decide the future of 26.4 acres of land west of South Rolling Hills Road. The owner of the lot, the Doris Overton Trust, requested the land be annexed and assigned residential manufactured home status.

COLUMBIA — High Hill Circle Mobile Home Park in southeast Columbia will grow by 16 spaces should a request to rezone and annex the 26.4 acres be approved by the city.

City planner Steve MacIntyre outlined the plan at a public information meeting Tuesday at City Hall.

The park is currently zoned R-M, or moderate density residential, per Boone County regulations. The proposal would rezone the property under city ordinance to RMH, or residential manufactured home, before annexing the land to the city.

According to an application submitted on behalf of the Doris Overton Trust, owner of the park, annexation of the site "as is" would require a number of exceptions to existing city regulations, including storm water management, lot area and width, and streets.

The Columbia Fire Department also has yet to comment, MacIntyre said, though he doesn't anticipate there will be an issue with road access or water supply.

The biggest obstacle to the annexation will be sewage. The park is currently serviced by a residential waste stabilization lagoon, a common method of waste removal in sparsely populated areas. The two lagoons will need to be filled in to make room for the 16 planned additional lots.

Plans are to have the park's sewer piped into the city's system. The closest connector is a little over a mile away, at Discovery Ridge, and funds for expansion will come from the Doris Overton Trust.

Sixth Ward councilwoman Barbara Hoppe attended Monday's meeting after an application to rezone and annex the same property plus 120 additional acres failed to gain traction in December. She said she's in favor of the new proposal, as the park offers affordable housing for seniors.

The application will be taken before the Planning and Zoning Commission during its regular meeting March 21. It will then go to council for a first reading April 1, and a second reading and vote April 15.

Supervising Editor is Jacob Kirn.

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