waterfront zoning ordinance
I J if ' " UnTTflif'H I '-n i , - 5?C2rrrr- .- Waterfront zoning ordinance in works Tribune photo by AUGUST STAEBLER Work has begun on the new NCNB tower, to be located at Ashley and Kennedy, along the Hillsborough River. By BERNICE STENGLE Tribune Business Writer A proposed zoning ordinance for downtown's waterfront will be presented this month at a public workshop, the director of Tampa's Downtown Development Authority said Thursday. Andrew Ham told members of the DDA In a regularly scheduled meeting that work on a proposed zoning ordinance will be "wrapped up" in time for the workshop set by the Tampa City Council for 1:30 p.m. Oct 17. The DDA last spring appointed a committee and hired a consultant to study development In downtown to make recommendations to the city council for a proposed zoning ordinance. The issue of waterfront development In downtown Tampa recently has drawn publicity in a dispute over construction of high-rises along the river. In August, the Paragon Group, a major developer in downtown Tampa, revealed plans to build a 1 million-square-foot tower along downtown's waterfront. The development would be the second high-rise on the Hillsborough River. NCNB Corp. last year received city approval to build a 33-story tower currently under construction on a waterfront site downtown. But members of the City-County Planning Commission, who opposed construction of the NCNB building, said they are concerned that future skyscraper developments will create a "wall" that would block the river view from downtown Tampa. The commission voted to ask the city council to approve a central, business district plan that would, allow only low-density development along the Hillsborough River. The city council subsequently scheduled the workshop to study alternatives to towering waterfront development At Thursday's meeting, Ham said he does not know yet what the DDA will present during the workshop.