Bill proposed to develop downtown Jacksonville while protecting Riverfront

New bill protects riverfront while bringing development

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — City leaders took a big step toward developing downtown Jacksonville while also protecting the Riverfront.

A bill proposed by Council member Lori Boyer to overhaul design standards to make downtown more uniform passed Wednesday night. From the bank of the St. Johns River there are now height restrictions.

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A developer won’t be able to build within a certain amount of feet from the river, and it can only be so tall. So businesses with rooftops and people near he river will still be able to enjoy the view.


While protecting the riverfront, this bill could bring in more development. Before, downtown was divided into separate districts. Now, it will be rezoned as a single category, making it quicker and easier for developers to get started.

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