St. Pete City Council approves zoning changes aimed to improve housing

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Pete City Council voted Thursday night after a lengthy meeting to allow adding more units to some single-family homes within the city.

Nearly 3,000 property owners can turn existing homes into quadplexes, no more than four units. It’s the latest measure aimed to improve housing in the city amid skyrocketing rent.

During Thursday night’s vote, the council was split. The first vote was a tie. Members went and talked with their legal team. The rezoning ended up passing with the amendment that the minimum building setbacks for the interior side go from three feet to five feet.

There are people on both sides of the issue. During the council meeting, people in the public voiced their opinions for hours.

Those against the measure said they worry about factors like congestion and parking. They also argue it would benefit developers more than people.

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