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Hearing set for Thursday on new rules for downtown zoning

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission could vote on new restrictions after public testimony.

League of Women Voters forum features candidates, park sales tax discussion

The League of Women's voters public forum featured nine candidates who will appear on the primary ballot on Aug. 5. One issue, a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase for Boone County to fund parks and the Central Missouri Events Center, was also discussed.

Panel aims to clear confusion, drum up support for county parks tax

The committee in favor of Proposition EPIC explained how the tax would work and what the county stands to benefit from the tax.

Columbia lakes to open earlier for fishers

Columbia lakes will be opening at 4 a.m., two hours earlier, to allow anglers to fish during opportune times. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission approved the recommendation Thursday.

 

Repeal group submits additional signatures for Opus petition

Repeal 6214 had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to submit 140 additional signatures as part of an amended petition designed to block the city's second development agreement with Opus Development Co.

Questions raised over proposed Boone County parks sales tax

Paul Prevo, a member on the Boone County Board of Parks Commission, said the commission did not endorse the sales tax because only 18 percent of its revenues would go toward parks. And Steve Spellman called the tax a bailout for the Central Missouri Events Center.

Council votes to allow Opus Development Co. to close sidewalks and roads

Council's approval of the sidewalk and parking lane closure permit will allow Opus to immediately close the sidewalks and parking lanes through July 2015 to accommodate construction.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Examine Columbia's building code online

Columbia's Code of Ordinances specifies insulation, roof load, swimming pool and other requirements needed to keep buildings up to code.

Opus Development Co. moving forward with housing project construction

The City Council will have the option to authorize Opus to temporarily close sidewalks and parking lanes so it can begin construction. The city has already issued Opus a demolition permit and land disturbance permit.

Columbia's consultant paints bleak image of central Columbia

The report argues for a tax-increment financing district, but one council member said statements within it are "outrageous."

Repeal group's second petition ruled to be 140 signatures short

In a letter to Repeal 6214, the group hoping to block the Opus Development agreement,  City Clerk Sheela Amin said the petition received only 3,069 signatures from registered Columbia voters, falling 140 signatures short.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia's new pickleball courts plan available online

City Council approved four new pickleball courts at Albert-Oakland Park. The plans for the courts are available on the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department website.

Heroin overdose antidote bill awaits Gov. Nixon’s signature

If a bill passed by the Missouri General Assembly is signed into law, first responders in Missouri will be able to carry medication that reverses the potentially fatal effects of opioid overdose.

FROM READERS: Stephens aviation sign uncovered at former airport site

Columbia Municipal Airport was home to Stephens College Aviation Department from 1941 until about 1960.

UPDATE: Council votes to repeal first Opus agreement

The City Council repealed a development agreement it passed with Opus Development Co. in March. City leaders could still issue Opus a building permit without the development agreement.

Council approves final plat for Parkside Estates near Rock Bridge State Park

The final plat of the Parkside Estates development was approved Monday by the Columbia City Council with a 4-2 vote.

Columbia residents speak out about proposed state sales tax increase

Columbia residents shared their opinions Monday during an open house about the proposed sales tax increase that would fund transportation improvements in Boone County and throughout the state.

City Council scheduled to vote on repeal of Opus agreement

The Columbia City Council is scheduled to act during its Monday night meeting on a referendum petition designed to repeal a downtown student-housing development agreement. The petition has still not been ruled valid.

Final plat for Parkside Estates to be reconsidered

The Parkside Estates development will come before the council Monday for a vote on the revised final plat. 

Violence task force makes 3rd recommendation, looks at more projects

The task force passed its third recommendation at Wednesday's meeting, saying the Highsteppers, a local drill team, should "receive more robust support from the city."

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