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Looming Challenges to Gainesville Historic Neighborhoods, including “Inclusionary Zoning”

Gainesville City Commissioner Gail Johnson, former University of Virginia School of Architecture Dean Kim Tanzer, and former University of Florida Associate Dean Peggy Carr, speak to ongoing challenges to Gainesville’s single-family residential neighborhoods at UPNA’s Annual Meeting (on Zoom), October 18, 2020.

Here is a link to the discussion.

UPNA Annual Meeting

The UPNA held it’s Annual Meeting Sunday October 18th 4:00 – 6:00 PM. This year Gainesville City Commissioner (At Large) Gail Johnson joined former UVA School of Architecture Dean and UF Faculty Senate Chair Kim Tanzer, FAIA and former UF School of Design, Construction and Planning Associate Dean Peggy Carr in an interactive discussion about threats to Gainesville single-family neighborhoods posed by the new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance, the possible end of the “three unrelated persons” occupancy limit in rental housing, and City Commission plans to implement “inclusionary zoning”.  Commissioner Johnson also discussed her call for a moratorium on development in order to ensure equity.

The recorded discussions are in the next post.

Video of UPNA forum on candidates for Alachua Count School Board, District 4

“ZOOM-BOMBED!” Yes, UPNA’s Candidate Forum this past Wednesday night (July 22, 2020) was hacked, forcing us to deliver the promised recording in two segments in order to delete pornographic material. However, thanks to the patience and graciousness of the two candidates, Ms. Sande Calkins and Dr. Leanetta McNealy, we quickly regrouped and had another excellent discussion about issues facing Alachua County Public Schools in the COVID-19 era. We also apologize to Ms. Calkins for the video problems she experienced, although her audio was clear.  Here are the links to Part 1, followed by Part 2:

Part 1:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/vuJLLZXuxj5JetKT0nH8e_44XZbjX6a8g3Me-aAMxBlwJvzsM8ouzpv6Ee83kVGT

The password for Part 1, if prompted, just “copy and paste”, is: X@at!^!4

Part 2:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/55NkHZf2plJORoXh7hvGQLECFdnreaa8gSRKq6INy0b9kNDusbfjCGW3upcUHiWW

The password for Part 2 is: ^47RzLe9

The sound quality for the “One Step for Democracy” video was not great on Zoom; a better version appears on YouTube at the link below:

Candidate Forum

The UPNA will host a forum for the Alachua County School Board, District 4 seat. Please join us on ZOOM (info below) Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:00 PM to hear candidates Ms. Sande Calkins and Dr. Leanetta McNealy.

Forum Details

Wednesday July 22nd, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

ZOOM Meeting ID: 851 0221 9175

Password: 452068

Candidate Forum

The UPNA will host a forum for the Alachua County School Board, District 2 seat. Please join us on ZOOM (info below) Tuesday, July 14th at 6:00 PM to hear candidates Khanh-lien Banko and Diyonne McGraw.

Forum Details

Tuesday July 14th, 6:00 – 6:45 PM

ZOOM Meeting ID: 835 5190 3600

Password: 629713

UPNA Annual Meeting & Family Potluck Dinner

After a short business meeting, including election of new officers and
board members, former UVA School of Architecture Dean and UF
Faculty Senate Chair Kim Tanzer, FAIA, will reprise her excellent talk
regarding affordable housing. Top City officials are invited. The Hope
Beautification Award will also be presented to one of our neighbors.

Please bring a covered dish, salad, or dessert to share with other
families, along with a serving utensil. We will provide the rest.

Annual dues donation of $20 per family will be gratefully appreciated.

UPNA Spring Picnic Sunday April 28th, 2019

There will be activities for kids of all ages, and Gainesville’s popular magician-juggler-balloon artist, Magic Mike, will perform. Delicious pulled pork from the Pearl Country Store and BBQ will be served, along with beef and veggie hot dogs. Please bring your favorite side, salad, or dessert.

While this event is free, donations and annual dues are gratefully accepted. We hope you can join us!

SUNDAY, APRIL 28th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – J.J. Finley Elementary School –

NW 5th Avenue Entrance Rain Date is Sunday, May 5, 2019