$600,000 in Tax Revenue at risk from groups opposing single family homes near Rock Bridge

$600,000 in Tax Revenue at risk from groups opposing single family homes near Rock Bridge

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Tyler Hill started this petition to Boone County Residents

As the city of Columbia wrestles with a historic drop in sales tax revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, joblessness, and budget shortfalls, a plan by environmental groups to oppose a single family subdivision near a park threatens $600,000 in vital yearly revenue to Columbia Public Schools, Boone County Fire Protection District, Boone County, and the City Library.  There is currently an incredible demand for residential housing and lots in Columbia.  Builders are scrambling to find lots. I found a 65 acre property adjacent to Gans Road and Rock Bridge State Park and am requesting annexation and rezoning of this property from A-1 to R-1. 

The Sierra Club and other environmental groups are protesting under the guise they are trying to protect Rock Bridge State Park.  They have elicited support across the country from other environmentalists and have 4300+ signatures of protest. These protests are made despite this plan meeting all city codes and regulations designed to protect neighboring property owners.  In essence, the Sierra Club wants to dictate policy when we already have city codes specifically designed to adequately protect all neighboring properties to include the park.   

I live right next to Rock Bridge State Park.  I want to protect it and allow other families the ability to live near nature as well. Aren’t we supposed to enjoy our parks? I created this low-density housing plan with single family residential lots.  The City of Columbia Planning Department has already confirmed that the plan meets any and all city rules and regulations including all stormwater regulations.  This is important as these regulations are the accepted standards to control storm water runoff from every residential property in Columbia.  Current A-1 zoning of this land allows for livestock and farming practices without any controls for storm water runoff.  Obviously, this could be detrimental to the park. 

In my best effort to be sensitive to the park, my design includes a very low density of .44 houses per acre for the 18 acres that drain directly towards the park. This equates to one house per every 2.25 acres in this area.  I also provided a generous 7.22 acre buffer between the Rock Bridge State Park property line and the back of the residential lots.  The picture below is a view of the beginning of the buffer from the park.  You can see that the buffer is heavily wooded providing additional screening for the park.

Collectively, this planned residential area will protect the park by complying to all city regulations, help meet the housing demand,  and it will fuel millions of dollars in future revenue for police officers, schools, and firefighters. 

Your help is needed to let Planning & Zoning and City Council Members know that you support allowing people to live near the park with a plan that complies with all city codes and provides a giant buffer to Rockbridge State Park.  

As a citizen of Boone County, please sign this petition to urge the City of Columbia to accept the rezoning and annexation of this property into the City of Columbia. Thank you for your consideration and please share this with your friends.

Park Buffer

Rob & Sarah Hill 

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