Front Street director Seth Lane is part of The Gainesville Plan Board which met earlier this month to discuss making some changes. The city has been proposing a change to the zoning code for some time which would allow certain areas to become mixed use, dense, and urban settings. While this is great for the side of business, there has been an outcry against it in the name of maintaining long-standing neighborhoods.
The Plan Board, based on these concerns, recommended the city commission to take the plan down a notch. Its recommendations included leaving single-use housing as it is, as well as thoughts on how to approach the industrial areas such as Depot Ave.
The new plan, if accepted into full affect, would switch out much of the land currently used for industrial purposes. While existing industrial buildings would be allowed to stay (gaining a non-conformity use), no expansion of industrial use could be done. This is a huge point of contention for many warehouse/factory owners.
The final verdict, and the zoning plan that comes with it, will be decided by the City Commission. The discussion will continue on May 22nd.
For the full article from the Gainesville Sun entitled 'Zoning overhaul sparks disagreement at Plan Board meetings' click here. Or, for more Front Street news, click here.