Staying greener is Gainesville, safe from over development?

Looks like Gainesville will be green a bit longer.   The planning department indicated they will be dropping the T3 zoning they planned to replace RSF 1 -4 zoning in a large portion on central Gainesville.

Since Sec. 30 a.  provided for a zoning that most residents wanted when they moved in  increasing the density almost 3 fold would have a drastic effect on the environment,  backyards as well as other impacts for the city.

Below is the current zoning code that is suppose to remain for the Residential Areas that were to be changed to T3.    I still have concerns about the T4  zoning.   I really don’t want to look to the west of my house and find an 8 story building blocking the sunset. That battle will be realized Wednesday.

Sec. 30-51. Single-family residential districts (RSF1RSF-2, RSF-3 and RSF-4).permanent link to this piece of content

(a)

Purpose. The single-family districts are established for the purpose of providing areas for low density single-family residential development with full urban services at locations convenient to urban facilities, neighborhood convenience centers, neighborhood shopping centers and activity centers. These districts are characterized by single-family residential structures designed and located so as to protect the character of single-family residential neighborhoods.

(b)

Objectives. The provisions of these districts are designed to:

(1)

Protect and stabilize the essential characteristics of such existing development;

(2)

Encourage such future development to occur on vacant land where the natural characteristics of such land are suitable for this type of development;

(3)

Enable single-family development to occur at appropriate locations and with sufficient density so as to facilitate the provision of urban services and facilities in an economical and efficient manner;

(4)

Encourage low density development where higher density development would be detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the community by reason of environmental constraints, open space or other factors; and

(5)

Discourage any activities not compatible with such residential development.

(c)

Permitted uses.

(1)

Uses by right.

a.

Single-family dwellings and customary accessory buildings incidental thereto.

b.

Occupancy of a single-family dwelling by one family.

c.

Community residential homes, in accordance with article VI.

d.

Family child care homes, in accordance with state law.

e.

Adult day care homes, in accordance with article VI.

f.

Home occupations, in accordance with article IV.

g.

Large family child care homes, in accordance with article VI.

(2)

Uses by special use permit.

a.

Places of religious assembly, in accordance with article VI.

b.

Private schools, in accordance with article VI.

c.

Public schools, other than institutions of higher learning, in accordance with section 30-77, educational services district (ED).

(d)

General requirements. All structures and uses within this district shall also comply with the applicable requirements and conditions of section 30-56 and article IX.

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(e)

Dimensional requirements. (See Table 1):

TABLE 1. DIMENSIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RSF DISTRICTS
Principal Structures

RSF1 RSF-2 RSF-3 RSF-4
Maximum density 3.5 du/a 4.6 du/a 5.8 du/a 8 du/a
Minimum lot area 8,500 sq. ft. 7,500 sq. ft. 6,000 sq. ft. 4,300 sq. ft.
Minimum lot width at minimum front yard setback 85 ft. 75 ft. 60 ft. 50 ft.
Minimum lot depth 90 ft. 90 ft. 90 ft. 80 ft.
Minimum yard setbacks:
Front 20 ft. 20 ft. 20 ft. 20 ft.
Side (interior) 7.5 ft. 7.5 ft. 7.5 ft. 7.5 ft.
Side (street) 10 ft. 10 ft. 7.5 ft. 7.5 ft.
Rear 20 ft. 20 ft. 15 ft. 10 ft.
Maximum building height 35 ft. 35 ft. 35 ft. 35 ft.
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