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A new type of zoning worries residents
C-VILLE Weekly Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 3 p.m.
A new form of proposed zoning has some in the city on edge, worried that it could be used to force out poorer residents.
 
Nearly 200 people attended an information session last week at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center to learn about form-based code, a different type of zoning ordinance that focuses on a building’s size and style instead of its use. The new code could accelerate development, while dramatically changing the appearance, function and occupancy of buildings within the Ridge Street, Belmont and Martha Jefferson neighborhoods.
 
The meeting, entitled Gentrification, Zoning and Form-Based Code, was an attempt to shed light on the city’s recent move to develop a form-based code that could be applied to many of the residential units—and numerous other mixed-use and commercial buildings—within the Strategic Investment Area. It was sponsored by Legal Aid Justice Center, the local NAACP chapter and the Public Housing Association of Residents.

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