Local Government

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. 

Eat Local Month kicks off Saturday

The celebration's timing will give locavores-to-be ample time to get more involved this growing season.

What we know about the proposed Opus downtown development

Opus Development Co.'s downtown student housing project has undergone many changes and challenges. The Missourian breaks down the questions surrounding the issue. 

City counselor: Council 'in a holding pattern' on Opus

City Counselor Nancy Thompson outlined the current state of Opus Development Co.'s downtown student housing project. Thompson said the city will know more before the next council meeting on June 16.

Fourth Ward to see sewer repairs after years of poor conditions

The Columbia City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to approve two sewer projects that are intended to address sewer problems in 87 homes.

City Council prepares for future ballot initiatives

Columbia City Council met to discuss the terms and planning of the upcoming November ballot and future ballots.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: 2014 Renewable Energy Report

Columbia Water and Light released the report in March. It outlines Columbia Water and Light's energy purchases.

Enough signatures gathered by Opus opponents in Columbia, but petition still not validated

Columbia City Clerk Sheela Amin has verified that petitioners have gathered enough signatures to repeal the city's first agreement with Opus Development Co. However, the new petition has not been fully validated yet.

Columbia advisory council to ask city manager for apology on downtown infrastruture comments

City Council asked the Downtown Leadership Council to address public image and trust issues surrounding downtown development. The council's primary recommendation was to ask for a public apology and clarification from Mike Matthes.

Landowner: City should negotiate Columbia Regional Airport eminent-domain petition

Robert White, owner of the land near Columbia Regional Airport, wants $50,000 per acre, $42,000 more than the city offered.


Opus petitioners: Mayor, council members violated law

The letter, signed by attorney Josh Oxenhandler on behalf of a citizens group, says that Columbia City Council has circumvented the city charter in its handling of a development agreement for the student housing project.


Boone County GOP committee seeks replacement recorder candidate

The Boone County Republican Central Committee is trying find a replacement recorder of deeds candidate after Wes Upchurch was deemed ineligible to run because he didn't pay his state taxes.

Downtown Leadership Council explores city infrastructure needs

The council will submit a report to the Columbia City Council with suggestions for long-term infrastructure funding options.

City Council forms advisory group for Rock Quarry Road

The Rock Quarry Road Scenic Roadway Stakeholder Advisory Group is made up of four residents who live in the scenic roadway corridor, four general public representatives and four city officials.

Boone County Commission approves park tax ballot proposal

Boone County voters will consider a new park sales tax on the Aug. 5 ballot. The one-eighth-cent sales tax would go toward park development in Boone County. 

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Snowplow priority routes available on Public Works website

A map showing first priority, second priority and state-maintained routes can be accessed through the Columbia Public Works Department's website.

Council members, petitioners hold dueling news conferences on Opus agreement

Columbia City Council members argued against a proposed repeal of the city's agreement with a student housing developer at a news conference Friday. Residents attempting to repeal the agreement also made their case.

Planning and Zoning Commission tables C-2 zoning amendments again

The commission tabled a vote on the amendments until its July 24 meeting. The commission had already tabled the issue at its April 24 meeting.