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Cole County zoning report on tap

Several items are on the Cole County Commission’s agenda for tomorrow including a report on county zoning.

Representatives of White & Smith LLC, the consultant hired by the commission to come up with a zoning plan and map, are scheduled to be the first presentation at the meeting.

They are to give a report on their analysis of the current needs of the county.

Part of the presentation will be based on information received during a public meeting last July where residents said their main interest was to protect land use.

Zoning plan goals include ensuring the integrity and rights of all private property owners in the county while also providing for the agricultural heritage of the county.

Another goal is to ensure regulations are consistent with other regulations that affect development, such as subdivision regulations.

The draft plan should be completed by May and presented at public meetings around the county through November, possibly longer.

In other business, the commission could make a decision on whether or not to move a county ambulance from Jefferson City Fire Station 2 on West McCarty Street over to the Cole County Sheriff’s Department at Adams and High Streets.

Ambulance officials have said that the move could increase response times to some of the busiest areas of the city they currently serve.

Commissioners have said they understand the need for a move, but the issue has been if there was an area in the jail, near where the ambulance would be housed, for the ambulance crew to stay.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners will have a discussion on putting in sidewalks along Rainbow Drive and Pioneer Trail Road near Pioneer Trails Elementary School.

Earlier this month, the county was awarded a grant from MoDOT though the Safe Routes to School Program for the maximum amount of $250,000.

The county will not need to put up any matching funds or pay back the money.

However, the county will have to find additional funding sources to do engineering work before they know the final construction cost estimate.

The project has to be bid by next year.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the commission chambers on the second floor of the courthouse annex.

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