COLUMBIA — The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-3 Thursday night to conditionally approve a proposal to rezone land near Flat Branch Park for a CVS Pharmacy.
The rezoning proposal will now move to the Columbia City Council, which will make the final vote. It's unclear if CVS would be able to build a store on the plot if the council denies the request.
"Presently what we have there is unacceptable," said Commissioner Ray Puri, who voted to approve the proposal. "Sometimes it's better to have a bird in the hand than two in the bush."
The commission stipulated that it would like CVS to make changes before the City Council votes: allow a right-turn lane off Providence Road onto Broadway, lower their parking lot lighting poles to 16 feet and only allow right turns out of the drive-thru (or move the drive-thru exit farther south).
At least three people spoke out against the proposal Thursday — but Robert Hollis, the attorney representing CVS, quickly claimed each citizen was affiliated with the downtown leadership council.
"I wouldn't really consider them the average citizen," Hollis said. "The council has already given their opinion. I don't think their opinion was requested by anyone, but they gave it."
City Council has not yet scheduled a vote on the measure; its next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 7.
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