1. City commissioners seeking greater residential density near downtown asked their staff to look into the issue last year.
  2. The recommendations the staff returned included raising height limits for multi-family buildings in places like the Lake Morton District and Dixieland from 40 feet to 70 feet.
  3. Residents of those neighborhoods registered intense displeasure in community meetings, saying high-rise apartments would damage the historic character of the surroundings.
  4. As a result, the staff changed their recommendation for height limits to 55 feet.
  5. The Lakeand Planning and Zoning Board approved the compromise height in a 4-2 vote Tuesday.
  6. Next: The issue goes back to the City Commission.
  7. Epilogue: The commissioners who spoke most passionately  about increasing urban density are no longer on the board.
  8. View video highlights of the planning meeting on The City Zen Ship and read the planning staff’s most recent report here.

Source: The City Zen Ship

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