Wednesday, May 23, 2007
More Zoning options for Columbia.
According to an article in the Columbia Tribune titled: Local zoning ordinances in line for overhaul. There was a recurrent theme among candidates interviewed for Columbia's Planning and Zoning commission. That theme being that our zoning laws have become outdated. Many feel that the zoning laws does not take into account the push for big-box stores or mixed developments. The trend in many communities is to have mixed zoning in a neighborhood that blends single family homes, condos, apartments, and lofts along with nearby commercial property. The idea behind it is that it will allow people to work around in their communities and not have to drive 4-5 miles to shop, eat, etc. It is time to sit down and really figure out what zoning is appropriate for Columbia now and in the near future. Karl Skala, third ward councilperson, was quoted in saying that he would push for a periodic review of the zoning laws.