Apr 242019

Columbia is planning for a future that is innovative and progressive, but also aims to maintain quality of life.  That’s the message guest speaker Krista Hampton brought to Capital Rotary on April 24.  Hampton (shown with club president Philip Flynn) is the city’s planning and development director.  She previously created, launched and led efforts to streamline construction review and permitting.  Her current priority is rewriting Columbia’s outdated zoning and land development ordinances that go back to 1977.  Goals include (1) making codes more flexible so that future development doesn’t negatively impact existing neighborhoods; (2) promoting walkability and sustainability  with more green spaces and green buildings; and (3) dealing with the impact that micro-mobility (such as bike sharing, standup scooters and/or hoverboards, drones and robot cars) might have on future traffic and parking needs.  Hampton has over 20 years of local government experience and was the city’s historic preservation planner.  She has a BA in American Studies from Miami University, an MA in Public History from the University of South Carolina, and is a graduate of the Urban Land Institute’s South Carolina Sustainable Leadership Institute and Leadership South Carolina.

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