I spoke with each of the candidates for Columbia’s Planning and Zoning Commission in addition to attending the meeting where each was interviewed by the city council for this story.
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Columbia’s four city-supported pension plans owed more than $118 million and were falling farther into the red.
After a two-year journey and multiple evaluations by Columbia’s Planning and Zoning Commission, the Richland Road annexation and rezoning request was approved by the Columbia City Council.
When the developer removed a large area of planned commercial development, the Richland Road request earned approval from the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission after its third evaluation.
The East Area Plan, the major planning document for an area east of the Columbia city center, was approved by the city council.
The Columbia City Council passed a $384 million budget and with another reporter, we summarized all the major budget changes.
In the rapidly growing eastern part of Columbia, the city and county created a planning document, the East Area Plan, to get a handle on that growth.
The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission presented the East Area Plan to the public, but laid opaque blocks of residential, commercial and industrial planned zones over satellite photos so residents couldn’t see their property on the map.