ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando’s planning board approved a set of proposals on Tuesday designed to deter crime and other problems downtown.
During a Tuesday meeting, board members heard a presentation on three amendments aimed at businesses that operate late at night in downtown Orlando.
“We’re going from a more reactive code enforcement scheme to a more proactive way,” Orlando Project Manager Jason Burton said.
One of the amendments would require new owners to apply for a special use permit and show a safety plan if they want their business to serve alcohol after midnight.
Another proposal applies to parking lots, where city leaders said a lot of crime originates.
Owners of parking lots may be required to implement a security plan and block off lots when closed.
“What we’re experiencing is someone will take money and fill up their lot and at midnight they’re gone,” Burton said. “They’re leaving the city or the police department with the problems associated with that particular lot until three or four in the morning.”
The issue of noise was also addressed. Planners have called for the city to raise the limit from 75 to 85 dB, which they said would encourage businesses to operate within that range.
“It sounds a little counterintuitive to increase the level, but in actuality, it will bring everybody to an even playing field level,” Burton said.
With the planning board’s unanimous approval, the amendments are set to be voted on by the city council in June.