Columbia’s Daily Dish (May 4, 2009)

A smattering of links about Columbia’s growth and development.

• Clark approves sales tax to fund tourist destination (Columbia Missourian) — Voters in tiny Clark have taken the first steps toward the approval and construction of a $60 million, 480-acre “recreational tourist destination.”

• City officials dig into Crosscreek erosion issues (Columbia Missourian) — Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala and Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe inspected the Crosscreek development near Stadium Boulevard and U.S. 63. Hoppe, whose constituency includes the development and surrounding area, said recent heavy rainfall highlighted longstanding issues with “helter-skelter, ineffective” erosion control on the controversial 74-acre development.
• Site erosion draws attention of city (Columbia Daily Tribune) — When heavy rains fall, as they have this week, runoff slides down the slopes, carrying dirt. Despite efforts such as silt fences, rock piles and hay bales, silt is reaching Grindstone Creek. Members of the Columbia City Council and residents say it must stop.

• ‘Shovel-ready’ areas are needed, city says (Columbia Daily Tribune) — If an industrial employer came to Columbia and needed 50 acres of land to set up shop, City Manager Bill Watkins said, there are few, if any, sites the city could offer with the proper zoning, utilities and road access. These sites, known as “shovel-ready,” are few and far between, Watkins said, but they are vital to Columbia and Boone County’s economic vitality.

• Schools give qualified thumbs-up to TIF (Columbia Daily Tribune) — As the city’s largest benefactor of property taxes, no public entity would be affected more by TIF than Columbia Public Schools. School officials insist they want to support growth in Columbia, but they say they also want to get their fair share of that expansion.

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