Maitland To Decide On Building Height Rule

The city could cap downtown structures at 45 feet tall unless a waiver is granted.
By Christopher Sherman | Sentinel Staff Writer
Source: Orlando Sentinel
A new Maitland City Council will decide Monday whether to repeal an ordinance capping the height of downtown buildings.

The council voted unanimously on first reading April 12 to repeal the ordinance that set maximum heights downtown at about 110 feet. The ordinance faced immediate opposition from those who felt it was out of line with the city’s residential character.

It has been suspended since its critics submitted more than 1,700 signatures in March. Rather than schedule a costly referendum, council members decided to repeal it.

If it is repealed on second reading Monday, the city will once again have a downtown plan that sets building heights at 40 to 45 feet but includes a loophole allowing for taller projects with the right approvals.

The ordinance was spurred by a lawsuit against the city concerning its approval of the 76-foot Uptown Maitland West project in August. The project went through the new approval process under the height ordinance this month, once again winning approval.

New members Bob Miller and Bill Taulbee will cast their first votes on the topic Monday, though neither is a stranger to the controversy.

Miller made building height and the fight against Uptown Maitland West the centerpiece of his campaign against council member Joan Randolph. Taulbee was uncontested in his bid to replace term-limited David Libert, but he has been in the audience at council meetings for months. The City Council will meet at City Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Christopher Sheman can be reached at or 407-650-6361.

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