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 City of Gainesville General Policy Committee Meeting
 City of Gainesville General Policy Committee Meeting

Thu, Mar 28

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City Hall Auditorium

City of Gainesville General Policy Committee Meeting

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Time & Location

Mar 28, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

City Hall Auditorium, 200 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA

About the event

UPDATE: The comprehensive plan item was removed from Thursday's commission agenda. GRU, unsolicited proposals, and GCRA boundaries remain on the agenda. And then the commission votes on whatever comes up without public notice, as they did on four items at their meeting last week.

Here's the agenda as of 7 p.m. Wednesday: https://pub-cityofgainesville.escribemeetings.com/Meeting...

This urgent notice is about very consequential possible votes this week for the city's future, from

GAINESVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD VOICES

March 25, 2024

Important City of Gainesville meetings this Thursday, March 28, 2024

Just this morning, March 25th, the City posted agendas for two important City meetings to be held this Thursday, March 28th.  Items on both agendas will impact many City residents.

The General Policy Committee meeting begins at 1:00, and the City Plan Board meeting begins at 6:30

Comprehensive Plan Update

The City Commission sitting as the General Policy Committee will hear a City staff update on the City’s State-mandated Comprehensive Plan, rebranded “ImagineGNV” by the City of Gainesville.  Staff believes the Plan is 90% complete.  Gainesville Neighborhood Voices hired one of the state’s most accomplished planners, Charlies Gautier, FAICP, to independently assess the plan and send his findings to the City.  Mr. Gauthier’s report was not included in the Commission’s backup materials,...[City commission members' emails no longer are posted on the city website. One point planner Charles Gauthier makes is essentially what plan board members said two years ago and still not addressed despite the nearly half-million dollars the city paid a New York consultant for: "What you have now is a partial draft which omits major components essential to the comprehensive plan."]

The Comprehensive Plan is the legal framework that guides most of the City’s activities, particularly related to housing and land development.

Proposed City-wide residential upzoning and related density issues

The Plan Board will hear City Planning staff’s reports recommending approval of several related upzoning issues.  These include consolidating all single-family zoning into a new category allowing up to 12 units per acre across the City (RSF-1 currently allows 3.5 units per acre.)  The change would allow 35-foot wide lots in all neighborhoods and reduced setbacks.  It would also allow a new kind of minor subdivision, called “cottage neighborhoods” in which houses are clustered around a common greenspace, within any existing neighborhood.  Each new home created would be allowed 2 accessory dwelling units, based on prior changes to the City’s Land Development Code.

Supporters believe subdividing lots will reduce the land costs, and that developers will pass these savings along to new home buyers.  Gainesville Neighborhood Voices believes this change should be made strategically, in neighborhoods that seek this change, and where current lot sizes would allow subdivision. The GNV Voices Board of Directors Position Statement, which has been communicated to the City Commission....

Gainesville Neighborhood Voices also requested that the City Commission develop a better understanding its current housing situation before moving forward.  This request for specific maps and data remains largely unfulfilled even though we were very clear in our transmittal email that “it essential that this information be developed and made available well in advance of any formal discussions by the City Plan Board or City Commission.” ...

How you can participate:

for agendas and notices.A link to the City’s meeting pages, with agendas and backup materials, is included below.  If you are interested in these items you should check times and dates yourself, and attend or contact the relevant City representatives (Commission and/or Plan Board members) if you choose.  See https://www.gainesvillefl.gov/.../Pub.../New-Agendas-Minutes

for Commissioners’ contact info.)-Contact the City Commission at citycomm@gainesvillefl.gov or individually.  (See https://www.gainesvillefl.gov/City-Commission

-Contact members of the Plan Board through their staff liaison Juan Castillo at CastilloJ1@cityofgainesville.org

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