Residents Concerned That Rezoning Of Mission Land Could Lead To New Parking Garage

It was a full house at city hall this afternoon, as the PZB heard from residents about the Mission Nombre de Dios' plans to rezone to become a commercial use property.

PZB board members also had concerns about some vague language in the Mission's proposal, and did ask for clarification in future meetings. They decided not to make any moves this week, due to the absence of two board members, but there will be another hearing March 5th.

The agenda stated that the Diocese of St. Augustine is seeking, "To amend Future Land Use Map designations from Public/Semi-Public, Open Land and Residential Low Density to Commercial Low Intensity," and "To approve a rezoning from Open Land (OL) and Residential Single Family 2 (RS-2) to Commercial Low-Two (CL-2)."

Residents expressed concern over rumors that the Diocese plans to put a new parking garage on the property. While there was discussion of parking on the property, and amending the city's rules to accommodate church parking, officials tell us that a parking garage is not on the table, "As of now."

We're told there should be more info up on the city's website between now and the next meeting, so keep an eye out.

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