Planning and Zoning Commission signs off on golf course, apartments

Friday, October 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:25 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a 117-acre development complete with a nine-hole golf course. The development, The Links at Columbia, would hold 64 apartment buildings, each housing 12 units, for a total of 768 apartments in addition to the golf course. It would be developed by Fayetteville, Ark.-based Lindsey Management.

The proposed property is divided by Clark Lane and is bordered by Ballenger Lane to the west, Thessalia Subdivision to the north and Interstate 70 to the south.

Commission members and two Columbia residents who spoke during the public hearing expressed concerns about how the development would impact the branch of Hominy Creek that runs through the area. Chairman Jerry Wade was hesitant to approve the plan in its original form, which did not include a guaranteed setback along the creek bank.

The proposal had portions of golf fairways spanning across the creek, which prompted Wade, supported by Chairman Jeffrey Barrow, to add an amendment that guaranteed a creek setback. The specific distance will be decided after discussion between the commission and the developer.

Members of the commission expressed general satisfaction with the density and layout of the proposal, but were concerned with the additional traffic the property would generate and the hazard of golf balls landing on Clark Lane and other roads.

Access to the subdivision would be solely through Clark Lane. To help ease the traffic burden, Lindsey Management promised two off-site road improvements that were discussed with the Public Works Department. The company agreed to build a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Clark Lane and St. Charles Road, and will fund 50 percent of the estimated costs required to design and construct a roundabout at the intersection of Clark and Ballenger lanes.

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