Columbia’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday to rezone the property at the end of Stadium Boulevard at U.S. 63 for a mixed commercial and residential development.
The 42-acre property, which is owned by Bruce and Kathleen Maier, is currently zoned for agricultural uses, according to the commission’s agenda. The new commercial zoning, if approved by the City Council, will give developer Stadium-63 Properties LLC the right to develop the area for commercial buildings, small offices and apartment buildings.
This is not the first time rezoning requests have been filed on the property. A request to rezone the property as commercial was withdrawn in 1997. Another request to rezone the property as both commercial and industrial was withdrawn in 1998, according to the agenda.
Commission Chairman Jerry Wade said he supported the previous rezoning requests and he supports the current proposal.
“I think this is absolutely a commercial site,” he said.
Daniel Jordan, chairman of the Shepard Boulevard Neighborhood Association, spoke against the rezoning. He said the developer should have a more concrete plan before the rezoning is granted. Jordan also said the developer should work with the Shepard Boulevard neighborhood — which sits across from the Maier property on U.S. 63 — in planning for construction on the land.
“I think the lesson to be learned here is when you have a plan that is going to affect neighbors, you should invite the neighbors to the table,” Jordan said.
In other business, the commission voted not to rezone 22 acres on the south side of Old Plank Road. Developer BJO Inc. is seeking to build duplexes on the property. The City Council recently voted to grant the property a voluntary annexation into the city.
The zoning request before the commission would have given the property the same zoning rights as it had in the county.
Nearly 30 people living in the area of the proposed development came to the meeting and seven people spoke against the rezoning proposal.
The residents said the new development would add a dangerous amount traffic to their road.
“The road itself is hazardous as it stands now,” resident Curt Lichty said.
The commission voted seven to one not to grant the rezoning request, but several commissioners said they thought the council would grant the zoning anyway.