Columbia Looks to Revamp Downtown Curb Appeal
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will look at a proposal Thursday night intended to unify downtown area buildings.
The plan would encourage mixed-use development by requiring developers of new buildings to use the street-level floor for non-residential purposes.
The existing ordinance allows mixed-use buildings in the C-2 District but does not specify the building usage requirements on the street level.
Other parts of the plan include:
• Requiring privatized on-site parking space in new residential developments
• A new review process for proposed buildings exceeding 120 feet or 10 stories
The current downtown district does not have a maximum height constraint for the buildings. If the proposal is adopted, it would subject the building managers to an approval process. The proposal also would require them to fill out a "tall structure" application.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to discuss the plans.