Quarterly Meeting Thursday, July 16

Join us on Thursday, July 16th, at 6:30 p.m. for the quarterly RCC meeting. We will have Kit Smith with the Five Points Coalition to discuss a proposal for regulating rental properties. Also on the agenda: Owens Field park updates, public safety updates, and RCC election nominations.

The meeting will be held at the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. [Map]

Quarterly Meeting

Please join your neighbors on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. for the quarterly RCC meeting. We have on the agenda:
  • Officer Schmidt, Columbia Police Department
  • Michael Juras, Columbia Resilience, to speak about the orchard at Owens Field Park
  • Proposed speed humps in the neighborhood
The meeting will be held at the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. [Map]

Owens Field Park presentation

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a meeting on Thursday, March 9, from 6pm to 8pm to present plans for Owens Field Park after hearing from the neighborhood in December. Proposed plans include a Miracle League field and a dog park. The plans address parking, storm water, and YMCA programs.

The meeting will be held in the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. [Map] For more information, call (803) 545-3100.

Owens Field Park Master Plan Meeting

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a meeting on Wednesday, December 3rd, from 6pm to 8pm to hear feedback from neighbors and park users about the future plans for Owens Field Park. The meeting will be held in the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. This meeting is an opportunity for the community to provide input on current issues in the park, including parking, storm water, safety, YMCA programs, a proposed Miracle League field, and a proposed dog park. For more information, call (803) 545-3100.

Private dorm zoning changes

The City of Columbia Planning Commission has approved an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance to allow high-density housing (private dorms), in land zoned as C-3.  There are several C-3 properties on Rosewood Drive, mainly between Assembly Street and A.C. Moore Elementary and near Midlands Tech. This map shows C-3 zoned land on Rosewood Drive.

The current ordinance prohibits high-density housing within 600 feet of a property zoned as residential. The amendment would reduce that distance to 300 feet if the property is buffered by a railroad, an arterial street, or commercial zoning. A C-3 property cannot have high-density housing if the property line is within 600 feet of a property that is zoned as residential. Most, if not all, of the C-3 properties on Rosewood Drive directly border a residential property and thus do not meet this 600 foot requirement.

Zoning Administrator Brian Cook attended the last RCC meeting and informed us that he did not think any land zoned as C-3 on Rosewood Drive would be allowed to build high-density housing. Mr. Cook informed us that there were areas near the stadium that would possibly be able to build such housing. City Council will hold a public hearing on this matter at its November 18 meeting.

Read the amendment here.

Quarterly Meeting 10/22/14

Please join your neighbors on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. for the quarterly RCC meeting. We have on the agenda:
-Officer Schmidt, the new PACE officer for our neighborhood
-Proposed Miracle Field at Owens Field Park
-Proposed changes to the city’s zoning laws that would allow high density housing on Rosewood Drive.

The meeting will be held at the Hamilton-Owens Field Airport conference room, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

Richland County RUNS October 4

Richland County will be hosting a 10k run and a 5k run/walk on Saturday, October 4, at 7:45am, with the race beginning and ending at the Hamilton-Owens airport in Rosewood.

The race–Richland R.U.N.S., a charity road race that celebrates the Rural, Urban, Neighborhoods, and Suburbs of the county–will benefit United Way of the Midlands, and give participants the opportunity to learn about the county’s aviation history. The South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation hangar will be open for touring.

The neighborhood with the most pre-registered participants will be recognized during the awards ceremony.

Register for Richland R.U.N.S. at www.strictlyrunning.com. More information here.

April 17, 2014 meeting minutes

Jenna Stephens began the meeting with introductions.  Officer Alex Broder of the City of Columbia Police Department discussed the reorganization of the department’s Pro-Active Community Enforcement (PACE) team.  The PACE team has been decentralized but will continue to be active in the city’s communities.  The south region PACE team will report to a regional captain and have three officers dedicated to the region, in addition to Officer Broder.  Officer Broder encouraged residents to continue to be watchful and vigilant and to report any suspicious behavior they see.

Residents can view local crime statistics using the RAIDS Online website and may contact Officer Broder at (803) 315-9143 or asbroder@columbiasc.net.

Andy Whitfield of the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission, which serves as an advisory board to the city, discussed the Commission’s request to have the city begin to bury power lines.  The Commission is asking local organizations to adopt its utility resolution, which encourages the city to route power and utility cables underground for safety reasons and aesthetic appearance.  Because it did not have a quorum at the meeting, RCC was unable to take a vote on the resolution but will put forth a vote via e-mail.

Karen Kuse of the Montessori School of Columbia provided an update to the school’s plans.  The school is currently renovating the home at 413 S. Maple St.  It also has a contract on 411 S. Maple, which it plans to renovate for offices, and it intends to eventually tear down the home at 415 S. Maple and build a new classroom building.  The school has also received the title to the street for the block of Oceola between S. Maple and Howard and will close that block to vehicular traffic.  The school had a strategic planning meeting in Feb. 2014 where it solidified its plans for growth.  The school plans to grow to no more than 108 students (87 currently) so that it can maintain small classrooms with personal interaction with students and their families.

Jenna stated that some members of the community have expressed concerns about the overuse and appearance of Owens Field Park.  In addition to the YMCA’s soccer league and the use of the Dreher High School track, a Miracle Field is planned for the park. Mike Miller, vice president of RCC, plans to send a letter to the city’s parks department formally asking the department to assess the use of the park.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30.