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Gainesville, Florida, Moves to End Single-Family Zoning

The city commission recently voted to go ahead with the changes, despite vocal opposition.

Gainesville, Florida, could see more residential density in the not-too-distant future.

Gainesville, Florida, could see more residential density in the not-too-distant future.

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Just before midnight last Thursday, a fatigued Gainesville City Commission voted to advance zoning changes that would allow duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes to be built on land currently zoned for single-family homes.

That puts Gainesville — home to the University of Florida — on the verge of becoming the first in the state to end single-family zoning, a development that could have significant implications for other college towns, particularly in Republican-led states.