Daily Dish 12/6: Annexation requests on tonight’s city council agenda

Richland Road development plan poised for approval — Tribune

Columbia City Council revisits annexation requests — KOMU

On Monday, the Columbia City Council will reconsider two annexation requests east of U.S. 63. The 181-acre Richland Road rezoning and annexation request just received its first positive recommendation from the city Planning and Zoning Commission and returns to the council for discussion and a possible vote. The revised proposal, which removed 90 acres of commercial development, now complies with many of the major tenets of the planning document for the area, the East Area Plan. The rezoning request now features only 80,000 square feet of retail space and a maximum of 700 residences across the remaining 164 acres.

City’s 10-deck parking tower slowed by supply issues and cold weather — Tribune

The new ten-level parking tower at the corner of Fifth and Walnut has been delayed by two problems. One, the contractor’s aluminum supplier recently went through bankruptcy restructuring and, two, because of the cold weather. The garage is still expected to open at the end of January.

ANALYSIS: Rookie Missouri lawmakers skip statewide tour — Associated Press via Columbia Missourian

In years past, freshmen Missouri lawmakers took a tour of key state landmarks which cost taxpayers about $45,000. This year, lawmakers are received a pared-down orientation in Jefferson City. “Call it a tangible example of how Missouri budget troubles are playing out,” Chris Blank writes.

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