Residents persuade Gainesville commissioners to delay affordable housing vote

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Gainesville commissioners agreed to hold off on changing the city's comprehensive plan after hearing from several residents Thursday night.

Residents said they're worried zoning changes that would allow for more apartments would actually put historic neighborhoods at risk and make housing inequality even worse. They say the zoning changes could decrease property values and jeopardize historic neighborhoods like Porters and Fifth Avenue.

The commission voted to push the vote to Nov. 29th, after a series of meetings in each district.

Prior to the meeting, residents told CBS 4 the city had promised meetings across the city before but they were never scheduled.

" Last month they agreed to defer this vote until four community meetings were held. None of them have been scheduled yet or held even now,” University Park Neighborhood Association president Robert Mounts said.

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