St. Cloud's City Council has directed the city attorney to draft a development moratorium mirroring restrictions outlined in an ordinance enacted by Osceola County earlier this week.
St. Cloud Mayor Nathan Blackwell spoke in favor of the county's moratorium during the Nov. 6 public hearing. He told county commissioners he hoped the two planning staffs could use that time to collaborate, and "make sure we’re on the same page" with regard to the land development code.
Osceola Commissioners voted 3-2 for the moratorium, which stops all approvals for Comprehensive Plan amendments and rezoning applications in huge swaths of the county's urban growth area.
Raymond Stangle, an engineer with Jordan Companies, was at the City Council meeting Thursday night and told GrowthSpotter that some council members were prepared to pass a sister moratorium, but they were advised by counsel that the item would need to be properly noticed.
The council unanimously agreed to direct the city attorney to bring an ordinance for consideration, Stangle said.
The county ordinance carves out exemptions for any development that already has commercial zoning or land use, approved Planned Developments, mixed-use projects and new Transit-Oriented Developments, as long as they provide for a density of more than eight residential units per acre.
Affordable housing developments would also be exempt, as long as they meet the eight units per acre density requirement.
The city and county have a Joint Planning Agreement (JPA) for areas served by city utilities. The developer must agree to be annexed into the city at a future date to receive water and sewer service.
The Greater Orlando Builders Association has received multiple complaints this year from developers in the JPA area about costly conditions St. Cloud is adding to utility service agreements for new subdivisions. Those include more parking, wider streets, larger setbacks, 60-foot lots and minimum home sizes of 1,800 square feet.