East Area Plan Gets Final Council Nod
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council gave it's final approval Monday night for a plan on how to develop areas east of the city.
The East Area Plan, which city officials and community stakeholders have been crafting for the past year, sets out a design for how areas east of Highway 63 and Interstate 70 ought to be zoned.
The council passed it by a unanimous vote. Mayor Bob McDavid called the planners' work "elegant."
The plan largely calls for residential development, restricting commercial development to specific areas where critical infrastructure, like roads and sewers, is already in place.
Tim Teddy, Columbia's planning and development director, said the plan does not allow for the development of any new regional commercial facilities in the near future.
Councilman Gary Kespohl emphasized that this plan is only an "advisory plan," even suggesting the plan's title be amended to reflect this.
The year-long planning process started with a developer's request for the city to annex and re-zone residential property near Richland Road for commercial development.
That development request drew more than an hour of public comment at the last council meeting. The council tabled the request and sent it back to the Planning and Zoning Commission.