Southeast regional park plan gains approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission

The latest installment of the southeast regional park plan received a unanimous nod of approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting Thursday evening. The plan now moves to the April 19 City Council agenda for final approval.

The plan coordinates the development of two parks — A. Perry Philips Park and Gans Creek Recreation Area — totaling 460 acres in southeast Columbia. The plan was approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission before being sent to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review.

The plan’s only initial controversy centered on a proposed 17-acre equestrian area, which was withdrawn by city staff before the plan was sent to the commissions. The equestrian area was cut in favor of a natural preservation area, due to the negative impact horses would have on the environment, according to a city report.

At commissioner Ann Peters’ request, parks services manager Mike Griggs said the Parks and Recreation Department would examine potential equestrian areas in the area being planned for development in East Columbia.

Horse-riders currently have four public areas available to them in the Columbia area, as reported in a previous Missourian story.


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