Housing For All Town Hall Thursday to focus on inclusionary and exclusionary zoning

Press release from City of Gainesville

Gainesville City Commissioner David Arreola (District 3) will host a one-hour telephone town hall meeting Thursday, June 30, at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall about inclusionary and exclusionary zoning.

Joining Commissioner Arreola in the community dialogue is Interim City Manager Cynthia W. Curry and the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development Andrew Persons. Interim General Manager for Utilities Tony Cunningham also will join the panel to share information about the Gainesville Regional Utilities Low-income Energy Efficiency Program Plus as well as tips for reducing energy use.

To help ensure public health and safety, limited seating will be available at the event. Neighbors are encouraged to participate by Zoom or by phone. Neighbors on Zoom will be able to submit questions for the town hall panelists using the chat feature. They may register to participate via Zoom through this link.

Neighbors also will be able to call in and ask questions, share comments, or simply listen in by dialing 1-888-410-3427 at the time of the event; Spanish speakers are invited to call 1-844-881-1317. They may also register to receive an automatic reminder call for the event through this link.

The town hall will be livestreamed on Facebook, the City of Gainesville website, and on COX Cable Channel 12, and will be archived online. 

  • David Arreola has done Nothing about housing his entire term. And that LEEP-Plus $1.9 million of ARPA federal relief funding can go to landlords, up to $10,000 each, if their tenants making 120% area median income apply. Why would a tenant apply? The property owner, regardless of income or wealth, would get free upgrades and could raise the rent. LEEP has been for low-income homeowners over the years. Now homeowners are what Arreola has called “a wealthy monopoly.” He also said new construction is the way to get affordable housing. New market-rate apartments.

    Ending single-family zoning is set for a first reading on July 13.

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