Columbia’s Daily Dish [March 4, 2009]

A smattering of links about growth and development in Columbia.

Residents discuss proposed I-70 truck-only lanes (Columbia Missourian) — Residents of Columbia, Warrenton and Blue Springs critiqued the Missouri Department of Transportation’s plans for truck-only lanes on Interstate 70 at a forum Wednesday night. However, because no funding is yet available for the multi-billion dollar effort, MoDot can’t guarantee a ground breaking in the near future.
New Options For Rebuilding I-70 (KOMU) —MoDOT is looking for public input on a new construction plan for I-70.
Residents learn ways to revamp Columbia’s neighborhood associations (Columbia Missourian) — Columbia could benefit from requiring neighborhoods to set up associations instead of relying on citizens to organize in response to community issues, such as large development proposals, neighborhood activist Paul Leistner told residents Tuesday during the city’s Neighborhood Leadership Program.
City breaks ground for ninth fire station (Columbia Missourian) — Keith Hoskins doesn’t mind that he’s going to be living quite close to the city’s newest fire station. To him, the safety factor trumps the hassle of listening to sirens and dealing with traffic.
TIF Commission to review applications today (Columbia Missourian) — Backers of two downtown development projects have requested a total of $5.1 million in tax breaks, and their requests will be reviewed by the Tax Increment Financing Commission on Thursday afternoon.
Columbia Visioning Commission chairman resigns (Columbia Missourian) — After working nearly three years to help Columbia develop a vision for the future, chairman Jeffrey Williams of the Columbia Visioning Commission has resigned. A new chairman will be elected Tuesday.
Developer named to city P&Z panel (Columbia Daily Tribune) — In a split vote Monday night, the Columbia City Council elected physician and hotel developer Ray Puri to the Planning and Zoning Commission to fill the spot left vacant when Neil Cady resigned late last year.
Vandiver, Hinkson projects get started (Columbia Daily Tribune) — Columbia city officials this morning hosted groundbreaking ceremonies for the extension of Vandiver Drive as well as expansion of the Upper Hinkson Creek Outfall Project.

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