Traffic Calming in Rosewood

At the Rosewood Community Council meeting on July 21st at the Arnold Boys & Girls Club, the city of Columbia’s traffic engineer, David Brewer, led a lively discussion on traffic calming in Rosewood. He presented us with a map of 22 possible sites for speed humps in our neighborhood. That map, which was created after many neighbors became alarmed by speeding drivers on our streets, is attached below. We’d like everyone to take a look at the map, and if you live near one of the proposed speed humps, send us a message on whether or not you approve. If you live on a street that doesn’t have any designated sites but you feel it needs speed humps, too, let us know about it. Mr. Brewer says it is up to us, Rosewood neighbors, to approve or reject these speed humps. Construction could begin fairly quickly on the ones that are approved. So give us some feedback. You can make your comments here on this post, at the RCC Facebook page, or by emailing RCC president Mike Miller at mike.rosewoodcouncil@gmail.com. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Rosewood Area Speed Hump Map

RCC Quarterly Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the Rosewood Community Council will take place this Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club on Holly Street [map]. The city’s traffic engineer, David Brewer, will lead a discussion about traffic calming in Rosewood. Michael Juras will give an update on the community orchard at Owens Field Park. Also on the agenda will be Officer Kevin Schmidt of the CPD, who will give us a neighborhood public safety report.

Thursday Quarterly Meeting

Please note the change in location: The January 21 meeting will be held at the Ben Arnold Boys and Girls Club on Holly Street. [map]

Happy New Year to everyone! I just wanted to pass along the news that I’m the new president of Rosewood Community Council, and I look forward to meeting more of you and working together on neighborhood issues over the next couple of years. Jenna Stephens has done an outstanding job as president over the past four years, and she’ll be a tough act to follow. But I’m ready to get started and give it a try. Our next quarterly meeting is Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ben Arnold Boys and Girls Club. The agenda will include updates on the Landlord Ordinance that’s making its way to City Council as well as a preview of the renovations coming to Owens Field Park. I hope to see many of you there, and spread the word to your neighbors and friends. In the meantime, I can be reached at mike.rosewoodcouncil@gmail.com.
Thanks, and I hope to see you soon,
Mike Miller

Thursday Quarterly Meeting

Please join your neighbors on Thursday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. for the quarterly RCC meeting. On the agenda:

  • Officer Schmidt, Columbia Police Department
  • Michael Juras, to give a presentation on the walk/bike master plan and its impact on Rosewood
  • Scott Linaberry, to update progress on the renovation of the Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Owens Field into a microbrewery
  • Owens Field Park construction updates
  • Elections for President, VP, Treasurer, and Secretary

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

Recent flooding

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all South Carolinians who were victims of the devastating floods last week. Many neighbors in Rosewood lost their entire homes. A Facebook page has been created to coordinate efforts to help those in Rosewood who’s homes flooded. Please follow that page and consider volunteering your time or donating supplies. Also, several GoFundMe accounts have been set up to allow people to donate directly to neighbors.

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.