Philips tract forum postponed

Friday, September 19, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:58 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A public hearing on proposed development of the 489-acre Philips tract was tabled Thursday by the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission at the request of developer Elvin Sapp.

The commission has rescheduled the hearing for Oct. 9.

Mark Farnen, spokesman for Sapp, said the developer wants the city to complete its review of the plan and asked that the proposal be tabled. The Columbia City Council earlier this month decided to have an independent consultant review the development’s storm-water management strategies. City employees have also expressed concerns about traffic the development would generate and about the plan’s compliance with city subdivision regulations.

“We needed time to explore with (city) staff the questions they had on our original report,” Farnen said.

Fifth Ward Councilman John John, the real estate agent representing Sapp, said that while some opponents might hope Sapp’s option to buy the land will expire, he is optimistic the proposal would ultimately be approved.

“It’s a great plan and a great developer,” said John, who has abstained from council discussion and votes on the proposal.

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