Developers form group to gain more influence

Hinkson Creek and city street standards are on its agenda.
Monday, November 24, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:54 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A group of Columbia developers have come together to gain a larger influence in the city’s development.

The Central Missouri Development Council formed earlier this year with the purpose of working with the development community to have a better voice and to improve communication among developers, the city, the county and the community, interim executive director and group spokesman Don Stamper said.

“Right now we’re in the fundamental stages, getting things together, establishing corporation bylaws, membership drives,” Stamper said.

The deterioration of an 11-mile stretch of Hinkson Creek is one of the issues the council plans to review soon. Since 1998, Hinkson Creek has remained on the Environmental Protection Agency’s impaired waters list because of urban runoff, although the root of the pollution is unknown.

The council also is interested in reviewing the proposed changes to the city’s street standards. The Street Standards Planning Group presented its proposed plan, which features narrower roads and wider sidewalks, at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Nov. 6 but is still working on cost estimates for the guidelines.

CMDC already worked to support the city’s $18.5 million sewer bond, its $28.5 million water bond issue, and the Boone County Regional Sewer District’s $3.85 million sewer bond, all of which passed in the Nov. 4 election.

Members of CMDC’s board of directors, which was announced Friday, all have “backgrounds in community development, construction and other issues affecting development,” CMDC President Billy Sapp said in a press release. The board includes Sapp, former Columbia mayor and executive at MBS Textbook Exchange Bob Pugh, retired Boone County National Bank President Al Price, Vice President of Atkins Building Services and Products Scott Atkins, local Realtor and developer Rob Wolverton, Forum Development Group member Jose Lindner, and local developer John Peters.

Both Stamper and Sapp work at Con-Agg LLC, a cement production business. Wolverton is a partner in the Auburn Hills development, which will include 138 new single-family homes. Atkins also serves on the Board of Directors for Regional Economic Development Inc.

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