Planning and Zoning Designations
Every patch of land within Boone County and Columbia is given a specific zoning designation that restricts what sorts of development or activity can happen on the property. In the grand scheme, the planning and zoning process helps dictate how the city will look and grow in the future, and it helps ensure that growth is orderly.
The Planning and Zoning Commission holds public hearings on and reviews the appropriateness of development proposals, trying in the process to promote growth that is in the city’s best interests. The commission advises the Columbia City Council, which has the final say on most land-use decisions.
Simply put, zoning is the mechanism that keeps your neighbor from tearing down his house and building a gas station, pet store or factory in the middle of your neighborhood.
The city and county have their own zoning codes, but they are similar in many respects. When a property owner asks to be annexed by the city, new city zoning must be placed on the property.