At the request of a neighbor, the Rosewood Community Council filed public comments on February 14 regarding the proposed sidewalks on South Walker Street as part of a Safe Routes to Schools grant. Read those comments here.
As part of a Safe Routes to School grant, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has presented plans to install a sidewalk on one side of South Walker St. between Heyward St. and Harvard Ave. Click here to review a map of the preliminary plan.
A committee of volunteers and parents from Rosewood Elementary School had requested traffic calming devices on Rosewood Drive, including a stop light at S. Walker Street. The DOT District Office determined a traffic light at that intersection was not feasible. The current plan prioritizes a sidewalk on South Walker.
Nine trees along South Walker will have to be removed to make way for the sidewalk construction. Trees to be removed are marked in yellow.
John-Mark Glaz, a S. Walker resident, has shared these comments voicing his concerns with the proposed project. He plans to submit the comments with a few dozen neighbors’ signatures.
The DOT held a public meeting on Thursday, January 31st, where they shared the plans for the infrastructure changes. The Department is asking for public comments to be submitted by February 14, 2012. If you live on or near S. Walker, what do you think about the proposed plan?
Richland County has proposed a one penny sales tax to fund transportation projects such as road, bike, pedestrian, and greenway improvements throughout the county. The tax will be subject to a referendum on the November 6 general election ballot. Among the projects in Rosewood are:
- bikeways on Rosewood Drive, S. Ott, Holt, and Superior,
- a greenway along Gills Creek,
- road improvements on Commerce Drive,
- pedestrian improvements on Wiley Street, and
- seven pedestrian intersections along Rosewood Drive.
Here’s an article from The State newspaper describing the proposed spine road on Commerce Drive and the railroad relocation at the intersection of Rosewood and Assembly.
See the links below for more information on the tax and the proposed improvements.
- Rosewood is a 3000+ home neighborhood with 8 parks and 4 schools. It’s a neighborhood, not an industrial park.
- This expansion threatens the public’s health. Threats to public health demand an immediate response.
- This expansion threatens planned developments like the All Local Farmer’s Market relocation, Curtiss-Wright hangar renovation, and other local businesses that make the neighborhood a great place to live and work.
- Existing and future pollution threatens property values of our homes and discourages new residents.
- This pollution is only now being brought to the public’s attention.
We are asking the city to explore ALL options, including:
- zoning changes to prevent expansion
- a land swap with a business park or the county
- anything that prevents a HEAVY industrial, polluting plant from expanding into our neighborhood
The Rosewood Neighborhood Plan provides a blueprint for City of Columbia Planning Staff to address planning and zoning issues in the Rosewood neighborhood.
After months of public input, the main issues Rosewood neighbors decided were important are:
- preservation of residential single-family home character of neighborhood
- traffic calming
- increased walkability and bikability
- maintaining parks and green space
- minimize commercial creep into the neighborhood
The most helpful part is the chapter on implementation. This provides a timeline for the planning staff and neighborhood to use to carry forward the ideas in the plan.
There are some really cool maps that show what parts of the neighborhood were built when, ownership vs. rental, school zones, speed limits, road ownership, tree cover, car collisions, and more.
The City of Columbia Planning Staff spent over a year speaking with neighborhood leaders, holding public meetings, and conducting a survey of neighbors to develop this plan.
After months of public input from the neighborhood–and hearing the need for traffic calming and sidewalks in the neighborhood, zoning changes to prevent out-of-character development, and remedies to the barriers to public transportation and walkability–city planning staff developed this document. The plan was recommend for adoption by the Planning Commission on June 4, 2012 and adopted by City Council on July 10, 2012. This non-binding document will be used by City Planning and the neighborhood when making future decisions about development in the neighborhood. The Rosewood Community Council will continue to work with city planning staff to implement the measures in the plan.
Rosewood Community Council has hired an attorney to protect the interests of the neighborhood pertaining to the proposed expansion of the Seaco asphalt emulsion plant. Our attorney has submitted the comments below on behalf of the neighborhood. The firm has also issued a comprehensive Freedom of Information request to DHEC and has demanded that a public meeting be convened after we receive an adequate response to the FOI request.
We will keep you informed of any updates. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach me at email@example.com.
Want to know future plans for development in the Rosewood neighborhood and along Rosewood Drive? Please join City of Columbia planning staff Thursday, February 16, at either 11:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m., for a presentation of the results of the Rosewood Neighborhood and Corridor Planning Study, and their proposed recommendations to the Planning Commission.
Please click on the picture above for more info. There’s also more information (and lots of cool maps of Rosewood) from the city’s website here.
The meetings will be held at the Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St.
The city has undertaken a Rosewood Neighborhood Plan to guide development in the Rosewood neighborhood and along Rosewood Drive. What do you want to see? More street lights? New development? Sidewalks? Please join us Thursday, December 15 for the second citizen input meeting. Have your voice heard! We will meet at the Edisto Park Discovery Center, 1914 Wiley Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Both time frames cover the same information. An organized presentation by city staff will be followed by an informal workshop.
Click here for more information and lots of cool maps (scroll to the bottom) from the city’s website.
The City of Columbia is looking for your input on a plan that will guide development in the Rosewood neighborhood and along Rosewood Drive. Please plan to attend a drop-in on Thursday, October 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Edisto Discovery Park Building, 1914 Wiley Street, for the first in a three-part series to discuss land-use issues along Rosewood Drive and in the neighborhood. Also, please take this survey for planning staff.
For more information on this plan, visit the city’s website. Below are the dates of three meetings. Morning and afternoon meetings will be the same
Thursday, October 27th, 2011: 11:30am to 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 15, 2011: 11:30am to 1:30 pm & 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 16, 2012: 11:30am to 1:30 pm & 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm