Despite opposition, the Columbia City Council unanimously approved R-1 residential zoning and annexation for an 88-acre plot south of Route K.
The land, owned by John Sam and Susan Williamson, came before the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission in late August. At that meeting, the commission voted 6-3 to oppose giving the land an R-1 designation. The commission favored a designation of planned-unit development.
Williamson said the R-1 designation is required for the final sale of the western 40 acres of his land, which is currently under contract. This sale will be the sixth time he has sold part of the property, which has been in his family for three generations.
“It’s very valuable for real estate but not for farming,” he said of the land.
Williamson also said that because the land is almost surrounded by developments, now is the right time to sell it.
Four other annexations were approved at the meeting, and another was introduced. They will add 166 acres to the city.
- 40 acres south of State Route K and west of High Point Lane. Zoning will be R-1.
- 1 acre north of St. Charles Road and east of Upland Road. Zoning will be R-1.
- 5 1/2 acres east of Bearfield Road and south of Nifong Boulevard. The land is owned by Boys Town of Missouri, Inc. Zoning will be planned office district.
- 9.8 acres on the southwest corner of Oakland Gravel Road and U.S. 63. Zoning will be planned business district.