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Council postpones action on historic district zoning changes

The Fredericksburg City Council voted tonight to postpone action on three proposed changes to the zoning that includes the historic downtown area.

The council was considering a preliminary vote on an amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance that would impact the height, density and use of buildings in the historic downtown portion of the city.

However, after getting input from the public, council members were not ready to act. Five of six speakers at Tuesday’s council meeting addressed the proposed changes and asked the council to postpone action.

Council had a lengthy and complicated discussion on the issues before deciding to take up the three proposed changes separately at the March 11 meeting.

However, it appeared at least a majority of council did not support the proposed change regarding the height of buildings in that area.

The proposal would have allowed developers to build structures in some areas taller than 50 feet because they would have been measured from the 100-year flood level rather than ground level.