Local Government

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.

Primary candidates weigh in on Medicaid expansion, 'Ban the Box'

Thirteen primary candidates participated in Tuesday's question-and-answer session hosted by the Columbia NAACP.


Lottery ticket to support Missouri veterans will be on August ballot

Amendment 8, if passed, would instigate a lottery ticket specifically benefiting veterans. All net proceeds would go into one of the Missouri Veterans Commission's funds.

Former Columbia councilman, mayoral candidate Jerry Wade dies

Wade, 73, died of lung cancer at his home Saturday, his wife said. The former fourth ward councilman had a long history of service to the city.

County parks tax aims to save the Central Missouri Events Center

A one-eighth cent sales tax to fund the Central Missouri Events Center could create new economic opportunities, but opponents say the county has mismanaged the property and that a sales tax is a bailout.

Proposed Columbia budget recommends parking fee increases, raises for city staff

The proposal includes a 2 percent pay raise for all permanent city employees and suggests the city add the equivalent of 55.55 jobs.

Planning and Zoning Commission votes to recommend interim C-2 zoning changes

The commission voted to recommend the City Council adopt interim regulations regarding building height, parking requirements and first-floor utilization. The commission also voted 7-0 to amend the proposed ordinance to include a sunset provision.