A request for a major amendment to the development plan of University Subaru was denied Thursday at the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting.

The request would have allowed the car dealership to replace a fence torn down in July to be rebuilt 10 feet south of the original fence, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Residents who live in the area behind the Subaru lot believe the 10 feet of property is theirs. They say they have been maintaining the property for decades.

After the fence was removed, some of the neighbors entered lawsuits against University Subaru. The lawsuits are currently being litigated.

Because the lawsuits have not been heard yet by a judge, several members of the Planning and Zoning Commission said they did not feel comfortable deciding who owns the property because they did not want to influence the court’s decision.

The commission considered tabling the request as the residents had requested, but Robert Hollis, University Subaru’s attorney, warned the commission that it could be a long time until the matter would be discussed again since it is being litigated.

The commission asked Hollis to withdraw his client’s application. Hollis chose not to, so the commission had to vote.

University Subaru’s request was denied in a 6-to-1 vote by the commission. Rusty Strodtman was the sole member who voted to approve the request.

The dealership will be allowed to reapply in 12 months.

The commission approved a request by Bedrock Enterprises seeking a major amendment to include veterinary hospitals at the property along Vawter School Road and Scott Boulevard.

Supervising editor is Claire Mitzel

  • Public life reporter for fall 2018. I am a junior studying international journalism and Spanish. Reach me at slm3h6@mail.missouri.edu or (417)-597-2008.

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