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Downtown Columbia Leadership Council

Reviews the boundaries of the expanded downtown development concept plan and study area and recommends possible development guidelines and physical attributes for downtown Columbia. May work on other projects as requested by Council as well. The City Council makes six appointments to this sixteen member board. At least two of the members appointed by the City Council shall be representatives of recognized neighborhood associations and at least one member appointed by the City Council shall reside in the expanded downtown development concept plan and study area as defined in the "Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Interim Report" dated May, 2009. The other nine members consist of the Director of Community Development, the Director of Economic Development, and appointees of the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Boone County Commission, the University of Missouri, Columbia College, Stephens College, the Downtown Community Improvement District, and the Historic Preservation Commission. The length of terms is three years, with openings occurring in May.

Members & Terms:

  • Scott Wilson - Term Ending May 1, 2020
  • Nick Peckham - Term Ending May 1, 2018
  • Randy Gray - Term Ending May 1, 2019
  • John Clark - Term Ending May 1, 2020
  • Janet Hammen - Term Ending May 1, 2018
  • Susan Maze - Term Ending May 1, 2019
  • Fred Parry (Boone County Commission Representative)
  • Heiddi Davis (University of Missouri Representative)
  • Cliff Jarvis (Columbia College Representative)
  • Vicky Owles (Stephens College Representative)
  • Ben Wade (Downtown Community Improvement District Representative)
  • Sara Loe (Planning & Zoning Commission Representative)
  • Mark Wahrenbrock (Historic Preservation Commission Representative)
  • Tim Teddy (Director of Planning and Development)
  • Stacey Button (Director of Economic Development)

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 2-261.  Established.

The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council is hereby established.

(Ord. No. 19852, § 1, 3-17-08; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)

Sec. 2-262.  Membership; officers.
The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council shall consist of fifteen (15) members, two (2) of whom shall be nonvoting members. Six (6) members shall be appointed by the city council.  At least two (2) members appointed by the city council shall be representatives of recognized neighborhood associations.  Applicants for these positions must submit with their application, a letter from an officer of the neighborhood association certifying that the applicant has been designated by the association as its representative.  At least one (1) member appointed by the city council shall reside in the expanded downtown development concept plan and study area as defined in the “Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Interim Report” dated May, 2009. The director of community development and director of economic development shall be nonvoting members. Each of the following shall appoint one (1) member: the planning and zoning commission, the Boone County Commission, the Chancellor of the Columbia Campus of the University of Missouri, the President of Columbia College, the President of Stephens College, the Downtown Community Improvement District and the Historic Preservation Commission.  Two (2) of the initial members appointed by the city council shall serve a term of one (1) year, two (2) shall serve a term of two (2) years and two (2) shall serve a term of three (3) years.  Thereafter, appointments shall be for terms of three (3) years, except that appointments to fill vacancies shall be for unexpired terms only. Members shall serve without compensation. The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council shall elect from its members a chair, vice-chair and secretary. The chair shall preside at meetings. If the chair is absent or unable to preside, the vice-chair shall preside. The secretary shall keep a permanent record of the proceedings of the leadership council.
(Ord. No. 19852, § 1, 3-17-08; Ord. No. 20672. § 1, 7-6-10; Ord. No. 21245. § 1, 2-20-12; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13; Ord. No. 22526, § 1, 7-20-15)

Sec. 2-263.  Duties.
The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council (DCLC) shall have the following duties:           
(1)        Periodically review the boundaries of the expanded downtown development concept plan and study area as defined in the “Downtown Columbia Leadership Columbia Interim Report” dated May, 2009 (roughly Garth Avenue to Business Loop 70 to Old Highway 63 to Stewart Road and the northern edge of the University of Missouri campus).
(2)        Monitor current assets and additional opportunities within the expanded study area that would assist in the area's redevelopment.           
(3)        Advise city staff and consultants on preparation of a blight/conservation study and preparation of a Missouri Downtown and Rural Economic Stimulus Act (MODESA) application.
(4)        Work with city-funded consultants to conduct annual downtown planning activities and to create a comprehensive downtown strategic plan.
(5)        Recommend to the city council possible development guidelines and physical attributes for downtown Columbia.
(6)        Monitor the implementation of recommendations resulting from the downtown planning charrette project and future DCLC downtown planning projects.
(7)    Review and comment on all future downtown public finance mechanisms including tax increment financing (TIF), Brownfields and other economic incentives.
(8)    Provide downtown awareness and outreach to include, but not limited to, DCLC annual report (measurables, progress, investment, jobs, etc.), annual downtown awards program and quarterly downtown seminars and presentations.
(9)    The DCLC shall meet regularly and at the call of the chair.  The chair is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a meeting; provided, that the member had requested to be excused at least one (1) day before the meeting.  Members who are absent, without being excused, from twenty-five (25) percent of the regular meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit their office.  Members who are absent from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit their office.  It shall be the duty of the chair to promptly notify the city council of any such vacancy.  The DCLC shall have the power to adopt its own additional procedural regulations, provided that such regulations are consistent with city ordinances and state law.
(10)    Work on other projects requested by the city council.
(Ord. No. 19852, § 1, 3-17-08; Ord. No. 20672, § 1, 7-6-10; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)