Controversy over Gainesville Zoning Overhaul

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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

 

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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