Public forum planned on Columbia zoning update

Monday, August 4, 2014 | 6:38 p.m. CDT

The public will have an opportunity Tuesday evening to review the first phase of new city subdivision and zoning rules and provide feedback.

Representatives of the consulting firm Clarion Associates will host a public forum on new zoning regulations from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council chambers of the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.

During the forum, Clarion Associates and its partner firm, Ferrell Madden, will explain the first installment of a three-part update of zoning and subdivision regulations. The consultants have been working on the Columbia Development Code Update Project since January.

The first draft of the new development code, called "Module 1: Zone Districts and Permitted Uses," defines zoning districts, classifies land-use regulations and specifies where land uses are permitted, conditionally permitted and prohibited.

Two changes to the zoning districts include:

  • Replacement of C-2 zoning downtown, with a zoning district that would include strict regulation of the form, shape and building types allowed while still allowing a broad range of uses.
  • Replacement of the four planned zoning districts – planned unit development, planned office, planned commercial and planned general industrial – with a single planned development district with a simpler structure.

The second draft is scheduled to be released in October, and the third draft is scheduled for release in January.

The second draft will include detailed building standards that focus on the size, form, layout and sustainability of new development. It will also define new development standards for downtown.

The third draft will include administrative procedures for making development decisions and enforcing the new ordinance.

The final development code rewrite, which will include revised versions of all three draft reports, is expected to be released in summer 2015.

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