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We need to follow St. Petersburg's lead

Last week, St. Petersburg, FL residents won a big victory against over-development. The City Council voted unanimously to to use a new Floor Area Ratio (FAR) calculation to control the size, mass and scale and design of new construction.

They have NT-2 and NT-3 neighborhoods, similar to our NCD3 and NCD2 districts. 

St. Pete residents got involved and fought for this. They fought for the character of their neighborhoods.

The proposed FAR was 0.50, which means that a new house cannot take up more than 50% of the property, but there are some exceptions.

From a Tampa Bay Times article: "Builders are coming in and tearing down these homes," City Council member Charlie Gerdes said. "If we allow that to continue, the very character of the neighborhood that was attractive to that builder isn't going to exist anymore. I want to make sure we do everything we can to preserve the magic."


To show how out of place these big white boxes are next to smaller single story homes, the Tampa Bay Times shows a photo with the rest of the story of this great news from St. Pete.

This post first appeared on Coconut Grove Grapevine, please read the originial post: here

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