Columbia Star

City of Columbia plans meetings for Envision 2036

The City of Columbia will host two public open houses to kick off the first round of public engagement for Columbia Compass, the ten-year update to the City of Columbia’s comprehensive plan.

This 12 to 18-month effort will result in a plan the city’s citizens and policy makers can use as a blueprint to help navigate the future. Citizen input is vital as city officials seek to define a vision for Columbia, and identify the policies, programs, and infrastructure investments necessary to make the vision a reality. Two identical drop-in format public open houses will be held. The first is Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 5-8p.m. at the main Richland Library auditorium located at 1431 Assembly Street. The second will be Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 5-8p.m. at the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Avenue.

The planning process will result in a vision and document which can help guide city council members as they Envision 2036–when Columbia will celebrate its 250th year or semi-quincentennial. Elements of the plan research and analysis will include Columbia’s population, natural resources, land use, transportation, housing, community facilities, cultural resources, and economic development.

The cultural resources element of the plan is a partnership with the ongoing Amplify planning process. For more information about Amplify, visit

For more information about Columbia Compass: Envision 2036, visit, follow @ColaCompass on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the planning and development services department at 803-545- 3222. Please also consider signing up for our email list to be notified of future events and engagement opportunities by visiting our website.

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