Just Say No to Moratoria

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The Downtown Improvement Board voted against a proposed 12-story building height limit.

The 3 to 2 vote came during a special Downtown Improvement Board meeting Tuesday. The height limit was part of a recommendation against any new development until city officials can revamp zoning laws for the downtown area.

The proposals were designed to make sure downtown doesn't end up with a hodgepodge of building styles, and a skyline that blocks views of the bayfront.

But several board members pointed out the building height limit could have the opposite effect, allowing every developer to create a concrete horizon 12 stories high. The board did vote to support the 11-story Massalina Commons condo development near McKenzie Park.

Panama City commissioners are scheduled to either approve of reject to project on December 14.