The Debate Begins: Should Construction Rules Change in Currie Park?
DISCUSSION TO RELAX BUILDING RULES SET FOR TUESDAY MEETING
Question: Why was nothing built in the Currie Park area during one of the biggest building booms the city has ever seen?
Question: Why have the developers who own the prime waterfront land in Currie Park not turned a single shovel of dirt in a decade?
The answer, according to the Community Redevelopment Agency is simple: Bad Zoning.
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Are the rules that dictate what can be built so restrictive that they prevent any developer from coming up with a viable project? According to the CRA, the answer is YES.
This is the debate that will be part Tuesday’s CRA meeting, during which CRA staff will ask the CRA Board (made up of members of the City Commission) to give the green light to rezoning the area to allow taller buildings and more creative zoning rules.
“We are not talking about changing the density,” said CRA Executive Director Jon Ward. “We are talking about changing the rules to allow more height, and more creative designs. But if a developer wants more height, they need to give something back to the area. That’s the kind of rules we are talking about setting up.”
The CRA meeting is scheduled for 3:00pm Tuesday.