Local Government

City Council passes concrete median on College Avenue

The purpose of the barrier and the two specialized crosswalks is to limit the number of pedestrians who cross College Avenue illegally at areas other than the designated crosswalks at the Rollins Street and University Avenue intersections.

Council to consider controversial student-housing project, changes to College Avenue

Columbia City Council will hold public hearings and vote on the stalled Opus Development Co. student-housing project and proposed pedestrian safety changes to College Avenue near MU.


Matthes: City will probably ask for property tax increase

The city manager delivered his annual State of the City report Friday morning, outlining Columbia's successes as well as areas where he thought the city could improve.

City manager delivers State of the City Address

City Manager Mike Matthes' annual report outlines progress and priorities for seven strategic areas of city government.


Residents address utility rates at second infrastructure town hall

For the second time this week, city staff and members of the Downtown Leadership Council explained the infrastructure capacity issues downtown and received the public's suggestions on how to fund needed improvements.

Columbia group submits revamped petition to halt student-housing development

Columbia residents handed in an amended petition to halt the construction of Opus Development Co.'s proposed six-story, 256-bed project on Locust Street. A previous effort fell 91 signatures short. 


Violence task force: 'Ban the box' in public, private sectors

The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence will send a report to the Columbia City Council recommending the city and private businesses stop asking applicants if they've been convicted of a felony until a face-to-face interview is conducted.

Residents, city leaders discuss solutions to downtown infrastructure problems

The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Infrastructure Subcommittee is writing a report on downtown infrastructure and how to fund the necessary improvements.

Multi-million dollar development plan to be announced Thursday

The news conference will be at 11 a.m. at the Daniel Boone City Building. A news release from the city said the announcement will reveal "a medical science company's multi-million dollar development plan in Columbia."

Public invited to Board of Health meeting on marijuana ordinance

The Board of Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Commission are holding a public meeting Thursday night regarding a pending amendment to city ordinances that would decriminalize marijuana cultivation.

Public to preview plans for new zoning code Tuesday night

The public will have a chance to weigh in on draft plans for the city's new zoning code at 6:30 p.m. The proposed changes are designed to make the code more user friendly and easier to read.

New apartments approved for Broadway and Tenth Street

The project, The Lofts on Broadway, will be located on the northeast corner of Tenth Street and Broadway and will have 36 beds.

Downtown Leadership schedules two input meetings for infrastructure financing

City staff has estimated it will cost $49** million to upgrade downtown's utilities. Commissioners have been asked to find a way to finance the improvements.

Stipends mark historic change for City Council representatives

City Council members will receive their first checks in person at the City Council meeting on Monday since the City Charter approved in 1949 made the elected positions volunteer.

Opus repeal petition falls short; new agreement goes to council Monday

After being told the petitions fell 91 signatures short of the required 3,209, organizers said they'll gather additional signatures and continue to press for repeal of an ordinance.

Columbia City councilwoman, Opus Development agree to alter apartment plans

The new plans for apartments on Locust Street would remove ground-level apartments facing Eighth Street. Opus Development Company would still pay for sewer and water utility upgrades.

Key themes emerge from Columbia violence task force, but no action

The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence came to a consensus on 12 common themes in regard to violent crime in Columbia, but it stopped short of making formal recommendations to the City Council.

Planning Commission tables interim C-2 changes

The proposed changes to C-2 zoning, which covers most of downtown, have moved too fast, commissioners said.

Brandon Coleman's mother speaks to violence task force

Winona Coleman-Broadus detailed the racial inequality and cultural insensitivity she felt she experienced after her son's death.

Columbia mayor: Housing development petitions are reckless, should be invalidated

Mayor Bob McDavid has asked city staff to find a way to invalidate the petition after Opus Development Co. threatened to sue.