Columbia Borough Council meeting, Dec. 8:
Council unanimously voted to authorize advertising an ordinance to rezone a parcel of land at 75 S. 12th St. from rural residential to institutional residential.
The parcel is included in the land development plans for a Luthercare development project. A rezoning ordinance initiated by the borough in 2019 overlooked the parcel, since it is next to another Luthercare property at 1200 Locust St.
Luthercare needs the parcel to be rezoned to expand onto the property.
The rezoning request will be sent to the county for formal review. If it's approved, the borough then will advertise the ordinance.
Help for residents in need: Mayor Leo S. Lutz made a statement directed to borough residents struggling financially because of COVID-19, urging them to contact Columbia Life Network, a nonprofit that connects residents in need with food, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities. Lutz also urged local residents to continue taking precautions against COVID-19.