Local Government

City largely clears roads after midweek snowfall

According to a release from Columbia Public Works, 98 percent of roadways were passable at 9:30 Thursday morning, 27 hours after the snow stopped falling.

UPDATE: Dozens of cars towed, 104 cited under Columbia snow ordinance

The new city ordinance had its first road test with this week's snowfall, and the results were mixed: Some residents moved their cars out of the way, and others didn't.

Columbia City Council denies rezoning for student housing

The council voted 4 to 3 to deny rezoning for an 899-bed student housing complex that would have been built by Park 7 Group. The area proposed for rezoning was located near the intersection of Stadium and Maguire boulevards.

Meeting on second houses produces mixed public input

The next step in the process is to review all public input before passing on the draft ordinance to Columbia City Council for final consideration.

Proposed change allows additional house on lots in Columbia

The city is considering a zoning law change that will allow homeowners to build second houses on some residential lots. The proposed change is to be discussed during a Wednesday meeting at city hall.

Boone County commissioners oppose tax district for downtown development

Boone County commissioners have called into question the proposed downtown tax increment financing district. 

Columbia looks for way to accommodate downtown development

A proposed downtown taxing district could finance expansion of the electric and sewer systems to make way for pending high-density residential developments.

Orientation acclimates First Ward candidates to city issues

Orientation brings First Ward candidates up to speed with potential and ongoing issues and projects for the city.

Attorney enters county associate circuit judge election

Finley Gibbs will seek to fill the position held by Judge Larry Bryson for the past 28 years. 

Columbia planning and zoning board approves Discovery Park development

The commission recommended two development plans for the site, which was annexed into the city in 2004. The developers plan a mix of houses, apartments and office space.


Columbia residents split on Forum Boulevard trail plans

Columbia Public Works Department unveiled plans Thursday for a million-dollar trail that would branch from the MKT trail and run parallel to Forum Boulevard.

Majority of Violence Task Force members absent from meeting

S. David Mitchell spoke to the seven members of the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence in attendance, but with eight of the members missing, the task force didn't officially meet.

Columbia City Council approves asphalt shoulders for Clark Lane

In a 6-1 vote, Columbia City Council approved installing paved asphalt shoulders on Clark Lane to provide safe pedestrian travel. The lanes will be narrowed by a foot on each side to create the 6-foot-wide shoulders, resulting in a widening of the road by 5 feet.

Albert-Oakland Park, smart meters to be discussed at council meeting

The meeting will include public hearings for improvements to Albert-Oakland Park and Garth Avenue and reports on smart meters and tree preservation.

New Community Services Department will manage Boone County health and social services funds

Revenue from the quarter-cent children's services sales tax will be a major focus of the department.

Associate Circuit Judge Larry Bryson to retire at year's end

Bryson's retirement will come after 28 years on the bench.

Columbia City Council candidates' nominating petitions published

Four candidates' petitions certified by city, county clerk.

Columbia Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission supports brick streets resolution

The resolution outlines plans for maintaining Columbia's historic brick streets and potentially uncovering brick streets that are now paved.

Judge rules Missouri cities don't have to refund taxes paid by AT&T customers

The customers filed a class action lawsuit against the cities to get a refund for the taxes they weren't supposed to be paying.

Missouri highway commission suspends new construction projects under two programs

Eleven projects already planned in Boone County will move forward after the suspensions.