City Council votes down East Campus subdivision for third time

The re-platting of Fyfer’s Subdivision in East Campus came before Columbia City Council on Monday night for a third time and, after much discussion, was voted down once again. Council voted it down twice before this year, and the proposal hadn’t significantly changed Monday. The proposed subdivision would be located on University Avenue. The properties make up 1.05 acres across three addresses. The East Campus Neighborhood Association Board voted unanimously to oppose the subdivision because it views it as detrimental to the neighborhood. A representative spoke Monday night and cited a decrease in property value and safety concerns as some of the reasons for the board’s opposition. Several other current and former East Campus residents spoke up during the public comment section to oppose the re-platting. Many cited concerns over the high-density nature of the housing planned for the plat. Council again voted down the subdivision in a 6-1 vote, with Fifth Ward Councilmember Matt Pitzer voting in favor. During public comment, residents raised concerns over the recent spike in gun violence, master metering and safe water, among other issues. Community members implored city council to act on preventing gun violence and expressed concern over the city’s response following a shooting Sunday morning . They cited state laws like the Second Amendment Preservation Act and open carry as barriers to the city addressing the issue in a comprehensive way. The city council decided to hold a meeting with concerned community members before its next meeting to discuss next steps. […]

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