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Opinion/Editorial: Housing and heights converge
Daily Progress Editorial Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 7 a.m.
Building height requirements are a real concern in Charlottesville, but that wasn’t precisely why the city Planning Commission recommended against a special-use permit to allow two additional floors for a planned redevelopment on Water Street.
No, the hiccup came in part because the building on the old Clock Space lot would be largely dedicated to luxury apartments (as well as due to concerns about garage parking).
An eight-floor building already is allowed by right. Turning the development into a 10-story structure would require special permission. But why should Charlottesville grant special permission if the development doesn’t fit the city’s housing goals? There should be some gain for Charlottesville to justify its approval of the special use.

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