City Council tweaking comprehensive plan

Friday, July 19, 2013 | 11:05 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A new land-use plan is undergoing revisions and amendments before the City Council votes on its implementation.

A draft of the comprehensive plan, "Columbia Imagined - The Plan for How We Live and Grow," was presented to the council during its July 1 meeting. Council members asked for more time to review and potentially change the document and voting was postponed until Aug. 19.

In a work session Wednesday, the council clarified language and goals in the plan. Council members proposed several amendments but avoided making any major changes.

Mayor Bob McDavid said the plan needs to remain general and flexible into the future due to uncertain growth patterns. For example, growth around Battle High School into 2030 will depend largely on the academic success of the school, he said.

Public input was emphasized throughout the plan's creation, and will continue to be pursued during the review process. The City Council has placed importance on ensuring public engagement before the plan is voted on, Patrick Zenner, the city's development services manager, said.

Since the plan went before the council on July 1, several council members said they have met with residents about changes they might like to see in the document.

Zenner said his staff has not been directed to do additional public engagement and is not making any revisions to the plan at this point beyond updating some facts and figures addressed at the work session.

Some of the goals of the document are already being addressed, Zenner said. The delay in adoption is not going to stop the city from proceeding on important projects, he said.

"The plan is not done until council votes to adopt it," Zenner said. "It is in their hands right now to make that decision."

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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