Columbia grew by 97 acres Monday night when the City Council unanimously approved the annexation and rezoning of wooded land on the southern edge of the city.
More than 200 single-family homes are being planned for the site along the south side of Old Plank Road. Robert Hollis, an attorney for the site’s owners, Charles and Barbara Roberts, said he expects the houses to sell for $180,000 to $1.2 million. They will be situated on plots ranging from a quarter of an acre to three acres.
“I’m pleased with the idea there’d be such a wide variety of homes,” said Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman.
The council also unanimously approved a request by developers Jose and Jay Lindner to rezone for commercial purposes about eight acres at East Broadway and Trimble Road across Hinkson Creek from Stephens Lake Park. The vote came after extensive debate about the impact of traffic on Broadway and on whether a line of trees along the creek would suitably separate the development from the park.
Jose Lindner said his plans for the site would create a gateway to the city and improve the area.
“Our goal is to make sure we provide a positive impact to the neighborhood,” he said. “We believe our track record speaks for itself.”
Dan Hagan, owner of the nearby Broadway Village residential complex, questioned Lindner’s traffic-flow forecasts.
"That’s bogus,” Hagan said, pointing to a computer animation of traffic flow provided by Lindner.
Several members of the public who live nearby also expressed opposition to the plan.
Barbara Hoppy, who lives on Bluffdale Drive, said the development would affect the view from the park, despite Lindner’s offer to donate four acres of land between the proposed development and the creek.
“The four acres is on a vertical slope and does not provide a buffer at all,” she said.
The Parks and Recreation Commission warned in March that storm-water runoff, pollution, litter and increased traffic at the site could harm Hinkson Creek Trail and the park.
Missourian reporter Alisa Hofsess contributed to this report.