Fla. Town Considers End to Single-Family Zoning

Joshua Zorn, P.A. In the News

Is single-family zoning good or bad? It’s a hot issue, but affordable-housing advocates says it’s one of the problems, and Gainesville might nix it altogether.

Published:Thu, 11 Aug 22 14:08:59 +0500

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” Is single-family zoning good or bad? It’s a hot issue, but affordable-housing advocates say it’s one of the problems, and Gainesville might nix it altogether.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A split vote during the Gainesville City Commission meeting on Thursday has put the city on pace to become the first in the state to eliminate single-family zoning. It was the first of two needed votes that came in around midnight after a crowd of nearly 100 people showed up to oppose the zoning change, while only about a dozen supported it.

The 4-3 vote calls for small-scale, multi-family housing throughout the city, affecting up to 63% of Gainesville’s residential properties. The proposal replaces the single-family exclusionary zoning with a new “neighborhood residential” category that would allow residential structures of up to four units per parcel depending on the size of the lot.

Buildings can’t be more than two stories tall.

The motion to approve the change included a recommendation by commissioner Reina Saco that staff come back with the pros and cons of sunsetting the laws in three to five years to give the city time to study how the zoning change works in the real world.

A vote to postpone the vote until after the Nov. 8 election failed. ” – Copyright © 2022, Gainesville Guardian, all rights reserved.

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