Items Types:
Hearings/Ordinances/1st Read
For Meeting of:
November 9, 2020
District: 4 From:
Contract ID: Document Number:
Exhibits: Yes On File (City Clerk) : Yes Draft Only: No
Grant Received by City?: No

Ordinance No. 2020-58 Creating the SODO Zoning Overlay which Replaces and Expands the Orange/Michigan Zoning Overlay (LDC2019-10000)(Economic Development)


Following an update to the Vision Plan for the SODO area by its Neighborhood Improvement District, staff has drafted a Special Plan overlay that will expand the Orange/Michigan Special Plan area. The Special Plan includes a Town Design Review Committee (TDRC) function that will expedite land development reviews in the area, similar to Baldwin Park and the Southeast Sector Plan areas. Some of the features of the expanded overlay include:

  • Admnistrative Approval.  A “SODO TDRC” will replace most Municipal Planning Board actions, in order to expedite development review according to the specifics in the zoning overlay. It is proposed that the TDRC meet immediately following the Southeast Sector TDRC meetings.
  • Expanded Uses.  The new overlay allows for residential uses by right throughout the Special Plan overlay area, including industrial areas within the plan.  Further, there is an expansion of alternative uses throughout the entire special plan overlay.
  • Expanded Area.  The area eligible include both the previous Orange/Michigan Special Plan overlay area, and industrial area generally between Orange Avenue and Interstate 4 between Gore and Michigan Streets.
  • Increased heights. The aforementioned industrial areas have additional height allocations in the special plan overlay (up to 200-ft), recognizing this as a truly emerging urban neighborhood on the southern edge of Downtown Orlando.
  • Clear Development Standards. The vision plan for this area provides an all in one development guide, which is described in the special plan overlay district standards.
  • Increased Bonuses.  At certain nodes in the district, such as adjacent to the train station, there are additional development rights that are secured in the special plan overlay.
  • Complete Street Standards. The overlay states the needed easements in advance for various complete street projects being undertaken in the area by the SODO Neighborhood Improvement District.
  • Additional Signage Rights.  The special plan overlay grants new specialty signs in the area, such as rooftop-type signage.

The vision plan associated with this item was approved at the March 2019 Municipal Planning Board, and staff has prepared the overlay in the time since for potential adoption. Since this item changes the allowable uses in the area as a result of the ordinance and is a City-initiated rezoning that impacts over 10 acres, two hearings are required, with at least one being held after 5:00 PM unless the Council votes by a supermajority to hear the next reading before 5:00 PM.

Fiscal & Efficiency Data: No fiscal impact.

Recommended Action:
Approving Ordinance No. 2020-58 on first reading and hearing, and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to present the draft ordinance for second reading, hearing, and adoption subject to final review by the City Attorney's Office; and approving a motion by a majority plus one of the Council to hear this item before 5:00 PM at the next available City Council meeting (December 7, 2020).

Agenda Item attachment(s) on file in the City Clerks Office.

Note: All agenda items must be in the City Clerk's office by Noon Friday, six(6) business days prior to the regular Monday City Council meeting.

Contact: Jason Burton, Asst City Planning Division Manager, Martin Hudson, SODO NID Project Manager and Sarah Taitt, Asst City Attorney II; 407-246-2271
Approved By:

Department Date and Time
Budget Outside Routing Approval 10/28/2020 10:09 AM
City Clerk 10/29/2020 2:23 PM

Name: Description: Type:
SODO_SP_Overlay_10.23.20_FINAL.pdf Ordinance Ordinance

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