The Columbia City Council had several issues on the docket Monday evening, including the proposed change in bus routes. In other business at the meeting, the council:
- Approved the rezoning of 27 acres south of Vandiver Drive and west of
- U.S. 63 for the construction of a Bass Pro Shops retail store, a restaurant and a convenience store. The request, which is part of the larger Bass Pro in the Centerstate Crossings Development plan, was made by Centerstate Properties LLC. The land will be rezoned from O-P, planned office, and M-1, general industrial, to C-P, planned business.
- Passed a resolution allowing the city to join MU in applying for a $2.5 million grant from the Economic Development Administration. The grant will help pay for a life science business incubator at MU, which will use much of the research done at MU’s new life sciences center to create “higher paying, full-benefit professional jobs in our region,” according to a report to the council from City Manager Ray Beck.
- Approved a proposal to expand a review by Chiodini Associates of space use at Howard and Gentry buildings. The cost of the new work, including architectural services for renovation plans and maintenance, will be $34,000.
- Introduced a new ordinance with a new title calling for annexation and zoning of the Philips farm. Though the ordinance was approved by the council last month, the Sierra Club protested, saying the council violated the city charter because the ordinance covered too many topics. City Counselor Fred Boeckmann agreed and called for the revised title and a re-vote.
- Introduced a new ordinance calling for annexation of Boone County land along the west side of U.S. 63, which includes Boone County Jail and Reality House.
The agreement would require the city to extend a sewer line to the area and to buy and close a waste-water treatment plant owned by the Boone County Regional Sewer District. The sewer district would close the nearby Gaslight Acres treatment lagoon.
- Planned to review two reports about city/county cooperation on planning and zoning. The report from the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission is the second in a series on fringe-area planning. The other report was a follow-up to a March 29 meeting between the City Council and the Boone County Commission.
City staff recommended the council add two topics to a proposed resolution drafted at the meeting: a formal agreement to share responsibility in unincorporated islands of county land and improved communication between city and county staff on proposed developments in fringe areas.