The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board gave its planning staff direction Tuesday to establish height regulations for structures like church steeples to be no higher than 10 feet above the current zoning district height of 40 feet.
Applicants, though, can be granted additional height for structures such as steeples or church spires through a site plan approval process.
Direction from the planning board was needed Tuesday at the planning board’s regular meeting because the town’s current code doesn’t establish a height regulation for such structures.
For more information, pick up a copy of Thursday’s Sept. 20 Longboat Observer.
Contact Kurt Schultheis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- I believe regulating the height of church steeples is overstepping. Churches should enjoy relatively unfettered architectural restrictions consistent with the separation of church and state. Most steeples are made of nonflammable material so the excuse that ladder trucks cannot reach to top is unreasonable. The steeple tradition began so the faithful could find the church through dense forests, and although Longboat has no dense forests, steeples continue to elicit strong feelings in church members. Governmental bodies should leave church architecture alone.
- This is another prime example of P&Z over reaching. Churches and Synagoues are some of the most beutiful architectural landmarks in a community. They have there hands full with the Colony!
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