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Biltmore zoning changes get tentative nod



BELLEAIR -- Developers' plans to bulldoze the Belleview Biltmore appeared to move forward Tuesday as town commissioners threw their tentative support behind proposed zoning changes that would allow the historic resort's owners to erect condos and townhomes in its place.

Town staffers have proposed a new zoning designation, RM-10, which would allow only 10 unit per acre. But developers would be able to gain height bonuses if they incorporate certain elements such as a parking structure underneath buildings, or if they go beyond the minimum setback requirements.

The town would have discretion over whether to offer the incentives individually or in combination, meaning the tallest building on site could be a maximum of 80 feet.

The goal, said town planning consultant David Healey, is to urge developers to build fewer units and include more green space while also designing buildings of varied sizes, which would be more visually interesting.

Town commissioners appeared receptive. However, there was some disagreement about the maximum building heights and minimum unit sizes that should be allowed under the new designation.

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[Last modified: Sunday, November 24, 2013 11:32am]


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