Local Government

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.

Downtown Columbia Leadership Council endorses interim C-2 zoning protections

Along with recommending the approval of interim C-2 zoning protections, the downtown leadership is also seeking City Council approval to bring in an independent consultant to analyze the city's infrastructure.

Columbia City Council blocks Parkside Estates

Citing environmental concerns, the Columbia City Council voted not to approve the final plat of the Parkside Estates subdivision, leaving the developers open to address their concerns or sue.

City Council gives food trucks parking, expands outside alcohol hours

The council also approved a measure that would publish utility use data for rental units on the city website.

City begins process for interim zoning rules downtown

New C-2 zoning rules the city is considering would require proposed buildings downtown of 10 or more stories to get City Council approval and impose parking requirements for new residential buildings.

Ban on open burning goes before Columbia City Council

Citizen complaints were impetus for ban. The current proposal includes exceptions and special cases.