Height changes coming to downtown Jeff

Updated: Nov. 22, 2016 at 12:33 AM EST
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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Jeffersonville City councilmembers voted 5-3 to pass an ordinance that would allow for buildings to be developed to at least 10 stories.

Dozens of residents spoke with some concerns about the proposed zoning ordinance on Monday, stating the height change would disrupt the aesthetic of downtown Jeffersonville. Plus, residents said an increase in rental properties could lower their own property value.
The current ordinance states the height cannot exceed 40 feet, which residents said, adds to the overall feel of downtown Jeffersonville.
Director of planning and zoning Nathan Pruitt said the goal is to make Jeffersonville more attractive to developers. Pruitt said by limiting the height of a building to just 40 feet, developers will walk away to a city with less restrictions.

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Residents said they were disappointed with the outcome of the council.

"Public input tonight was definitely ignored and denied," neighbor Kate Miller said. "That's unfortunate for the city, I don't believe that's the way politics works. I don't believe that's how Jeffersonville works."
Pruitt said he is hoping the district overlay will contribute to more housing options in Jeffersonville, including 100-foot multi-unit buildings.

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