The planning teams would like to thank the 200+ Columbia residents who participated in last week’s Plan Columbia Workshop. Your input will help shape how the city grows and develops in the future.
The two-part workshop (June 24-26) was the first public event for Columbia’s plan. On June 24, participants worked in small groups to identify and discuss strong and weak places in Columbia and what we can learn from those places. They then rated and helped to refine draft principles – value statements that describe where and how the city should grow in the future. The second workshop on June 26 shared what we learned from Part 1 and introduced the Plan’s Framework. Drafts of two products that will serve as a foundation for the City’s future land use map were shown; 1) Development types that depict neighborhoods, districts, centers, corridors that may be appropriate in Columbia, and 2) a Framework Map that depicts where these types might be located in Columbia. Participants were asked to review and help to refine the Framework. Between the two events, nearly 60 citizens came to share their opinions and see work in progress during the drop-in hours on June 25. To learn more about the Workshop, take a look at these resources.
- Presentation slides from Jun 26 (Part 2). Summarizes what we learned and introduces the Plan Framework.
- Strong/Weak Places composite map. Summary map of the Strong Places/Weak Places group activity conducted on June 24.
- Development Types Handout. Summarizes the Development Types that are currently in draft form. Once the Development Types are finalized, they will be mapped and will help guide the City’s future land use plan.
- Framework Map. This draft framework map was presented on June 26.
The next public events for Columbia will be scheduled for late summer. You can also make plans to attend one of Richland County’s Choices Workshops in July.