Neighborhood group battles Tampa City Council

07/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
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There was a contentious discussion today at the Tampa City Council meeting.

The Council is proposing an ordinance insuring that all city neighborhood associations receive site plans for proposed developments after they have been reviewed by city staff.

The slight change in code was precipitated last month, after City Councilman Charlie Miranda questioned the appropriateness of a developer giving money to neighborhood associations. It came on the same day that news broke of a developer promising $50,000 to a different neighborhood association. That incident has led to a criminal investigation.

But current city law had allowed West Tampa and East Tampa to initially review rezoning petitions. That led members of the West Tampa Community Development Corporation, or CDC to believe they were being unfairly targeted.

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