The Columbia City Council tabled a vote Monday night on implementing "Columbia Imagined," a 17-year comprehensive land-use plan for growth and development.
The document, which has been three years in the making, is intended to guide the city's growth through 2030. Major themes include mixed land use and a focus on infill development to prevent sprawl.
The city formed a partnership with Rain Water Solutions to distribute more than 400 rain barrels to homeowners and others as a step toward reducing stormwater runoff.
A curfew for juveniles would be only one component of an effective strategy, the city manager said.
Members of the Street Crimes Unit made an arrest in relation to the June 15 downtown shooting after a special City Council meeting where officials discussed crime prevention techniques.
Eleven city staff members were recognized for their completion of a Green Clean Institute course.
The total cost of the vehicles for Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Water and Light departments is estimated to be $3.5 million.
Changes are coming to the Parking Utility. Parking tickets will now be larger and brighter with green accents. Agents will use smartphones to issue tickets.
The Columbia City Council is in the process of reviewing two city ordinances requiring disclosure of residential properties' zoning designation and occupancy limitations.
At the City Council meeting Monday, Councilwoman Laura Nauser proposed creating a joint task force and getting rid of graffiti. The suggestions were a response to the shooting downtown Saturday.
The Columbia City Council held its regular meeting on Monday night.
The Columbia City Council on Monday night tabled a vote to donate three city-owned properties to the Columbia Housing Authority, which plans to develop affordable homes on the land.
Services for Independent Living teamed up with the Columbia Housing Authority to provide a better system of transportation for residents of Paquin Tower, Oak Towers and the Bear Creek neighborhood.
The council is leaning toward an option that calls for three 161-kilovolt transmission lines to run from the proposed Mill Creek substation to three existing power stations. The Water and Light Department also presented a potential layout for partially underground lines.
Councilman Karl Skala proposed trip generation fees at the City Council retreat on Saturday. The proposal would place more financial responsibility on contractors who increase traffic with new developments.
A survey of Columbia residents showed a decrease in satisfaction with the Columbia Police Department's crime prevention efforts and its response time to emergencies.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the City Council approve the plan and accompanying request for rezoning. Collegiate hopes to build a six-story student apartment complex for as many as 354 residents.
The council members' and city department heads' retreat will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Activity and Recreation Center.
The recent resignation of Christa Holtzclaw sparked the search for a new specialist to promote Columbia Transit.
Jonathan and Nathan Odle, the developers who built the Brookside apartment complexes downtown, are planning a 143-acre residential and commercial project at East Gans Road and U.S. 63.