Local Government

Opus lawyers say lawsuit against city meant to ruin housing project

Opus lawyers argued Thursday the restraining order blocking the project from getting building and demolition permits has nothing to do with residents civil rights lawsuit against the city that caused a judge to issue it.

Ordinance proposes to add meters at disabled parking

An ordinance to stop free parking for motorists with disabilities and add ADA-compliant spots near East Broadway will go for a vote by the City Council on Sept. 2.

Judge could rule next week whether Opus can intervene

Opus may get the chance to intervene in a civil case that has kept it from construction.

Leadership council report identifies vast infrastructure needs, funding options

The council suggested the Downtown Community Improvement District use tax revenue to help pay for utility projects in the central city.

Opus lawyers want plaintiffs' lawyers to hurry

Lawyers representing Opus Development Co. want to speed up legal proceedings in the lawsuit that's blocking the company's student housing project from construction.


City's attorney moves Opus suit into federal court

The civil rights case related to the proposed Opus Development Co. project has been moved to federal court. U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey continued the restraining order blocking the developer from construction by 10 days.

City redevelopment program provides affordable housing

The City Council approved the purchase of forgotten homes in a Columbia neighborhood that will be redeveloped by the city. Homeowners and neighbors speak about the program and the state of the houses.

Plaintiffs say spray paint violates Opus restraining order

Columbia attorney Jeremy Root filed a motion for sanctions against the city Monday that states that by marking utility connections with spray paint around the proposed site of the Opus Development Co. project, the city directly violated a judge's restraining order.

UPDATE: City repeals development agreement with Opus

The repeal came after a group of residents successfully petitioned for the council to consider its repeal.

Columbia City Council approves more downtown housing, zoning rule changes

On Monday night, Columbia City Council approved a development agreement and rezoning request from American Campus Communities to build an apartment tower at Providence Road and Turner Avenue. It also voted to approve interim changes to the zoning code for the central business district.

City preparing to step up its use of solar energy

By the end of this year, the city hopes to add solar panels at its pumping station on West Ash Street that would increase the city’s solar production of electricity by as much as 55 percent.

Residents consider utility rate and fee increases

The budget calls for a bevy of fee increases that would take effect on Oct. 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year, and are intended to help the city recoup the cost of providing various services and utilities.

Judge temporarily blocks further development in Opus project

A judge ruled Wednesday that the city cannot issue Opus Development Co. any more permits as a result of a lawsuit filed by two members of the group known as Repeal 62 14.

Proposal to combine zoning raises questions at forum

Representatives from the consulting firm Clarion Associates hosted a public forum at the Daniel Boone City Building to present the first of a three-part update to the city's zoning and subdivision regulations.

Two-thirds of voters reject tax for Boone County fairground, parks

The proposition, which had heavy support from county government, failed 66 percent to 34 percent.

Nora Dietzel wins Democratic primary for recorder of deeds

Dietzel will run against Republican Lisa Ballenger in the November general election. Ballenger ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Public forum planned on Columbia zoning update

The public on Tuesday can review the first phase of new city subdivision and zoning rules and provide feedback.

Prosecutor, others urge residents to take second look at Amendment 5

Amendment 5, which will go before Missouri voters on Tuesday, will make the right to bear arms inalienable, among other things. But Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight said the law will have many unintended consequences and will make the community less safe.

Three's company for Boone County recorder's office despite election fever

Three deputies are running to replace their retiring boss in the Boone County Recorder of Deeds Office. Instead of conflict, the office is filled with laughter and friendship. 

Opus building plans approved; opponents' petition certified

City officials have approved Opus' plans to demolish three buildings downtown and replace them with a six-story, 260-bed apartment complex. A petition against the development was certified.