Local Government

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."

Ballenger selected as GOP candidate for recorder of deeds

Lisa Ballenger, who is now the deputy recorder, is one of three employees of the recorder's office who are candidates for the position.

Repeal 6214 submits another petition to block Opus development

Petitioners turned in a referendum petition Monday designed to repeal Opus Development Co.'s amended agreement with the city.

Columbia zoning panel recommends change to boost population density downtown

The proposal would allow construction of secondary homes on some lots zoned for duplexes.

Residents file suit to halt Parkside Estates Development

A lawsuit was filed against the city of Columbia on Friday. Residents are concerned the Parkside Estates development is affecting the water quality in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.