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Downtown neighborhood gets new designation

Jul 20, 2011 3:11:00 PM - thestate.com
After years of debate in the Hollywood-Rosehill neighborhood, City Council on Tuesday gave tentative approval to a new zoning designation intended to limit new McMansions and give the community a more uniform appearance.

Under the new Community Character Permanent classification, the city will review construction plans to be sure they match the neighborhood’s character.

But the designation, which is less restrictive than being classified as a historic neighborhood, does not stop property owners from subdividing their lots, said Columbia Planning and Development director Krista Hampton.

City Council voted after a public hearing, during which most neighbors who spoke supported the plan as a moderate step that would protect their community.

Council must vote a second time before the classification becomes municipal law

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