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Gainesville Neighborhood Voices Invites Community to SPEAK OUT at 2:00 on Monday, October 17, on the steps of City Hall, prior to vote to eliminate single-family zoning
October 14, 2022
Press release from Gainesville Neighborhood Voices, Inc.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Monday, October 17, at 2:00 p.m., Gainesville Neighborhood Voices will host a “Speak Out” on the steps of City Hall, just before a 3:00 Special City Commission meeting. At that meeting, it is anticipated that the City Commission, by a 4-3 vote, will eliminate single-family zoning across the City.
Concerned residents are invited to speak out during this open-mic opportunity, to which press will be invited, then to speak for their allotted 3 minutes in the City Hall Auditorium beginning at 3:00 p.m.
The City Commission’s proposed changes will allow quadruplexes to be built on any ¼ acre lot in the City, while allowing “cottage neighborhoods” of 12 housing units on a one-acre lot, reducing setbacks, eliminating the buffer requirements between residential neighborhoods and tall multi-family projects, eliminating bedroom limits in multi-family housing, and eliminating the current requirement that allows only three unrelated people to live in a house together.
These changes have been challenged variously by the City’s own Affordable Housing Committee, Historic Preservation Board, and Plan Board, as well as the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the State Department of Transportation, and 1000 Friends of Florida, among others. Nearly 5,000 people have signed petitions rejecting these changes.
Following the October 17 vote, affected parties will have 30 days to file a legal challenge before the ordinances go into effect.