Local Government

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.

Petitioners fire back at Opus with letter to city

Lawyers for the group petitioning to stop a downtown student-housing complex replied to threats of legal action from the developer's legal counsel.

Developer threatens legal action over petition on downtown Columbia apartments

A lawyer representing Opus Development Co. has threatened legal action if a petition designed to halt the construction of a student-housing project is presented to Columbia City Council.

Subcommittee wants independent contractor to study downtown Columbia infrastructure

The Downtown Leadership Council will review the recommendation Tuesday and decide whether to present it to Columbia City Council.

Chadwick, Nauser sworn in for 3-year Columbia City Council term

First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt said he was pleased to be followed by newly-elected Ginny Chadwick.

City to practice CoMO Connect bus system

CoMO Connect, the city's new transit system, will stage a full practice run starting at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Chief Burton addresses community policing, understaffing with mayor's task force

The task force heard two presentations and made its first official action since forming last fall. Both Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton and representatives from the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program addressed the group.

Ginny Chadwick's First Ward win gives council progressive tilt

Chadwick's election to the City Council could shift votes to favor careful development and policies following Columbia Imagined.

Petition to repeal student housing project gets 3,633 signatures

A group of citizens handed in a petition Tuesday afternoon designed to repeal approval of a student-housing complex in downtown Columbia.

Developer must wait 7 months to resubmit student-housing proposal

The Columbia City Council voted in February to deny Park 7 Group's proposal for a student-housing complex near Cinnamon Hill Lane. The developer can't resubmit its proposal until September, the council ruled Monday.

Columbia City Council tables marijuana plant ordinance

The Columbia City Council plans to revisit in August an amendment that would decriminalize growing up to six marijuana plants.

Columbia City Council to consider downtown food trucks, alcohol hours

Under an ordinance that will be introduced to the council Monday, several spaces downtown would be designated for food trucks. Another ordinance would extend the hours alcohol could be served at sidewalk cafes downtown.