Height Restrictions.

Monday, December 17, 2001 6:52 PM
What parks have certain height restrictions? What are they? Has SFMW rosen their height restriction yet from 150 ft.?

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Monday, December 17, 2001 6:55 PM
You know...at first glance I thought he was talking about a 150 ft tall person...
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Monday, December 17, 2001 7:02 PM
yeah ha same here, it took me way too long to realize that he wasn't talking about a person.
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Monday, December 17, 2001 8:23 PM
Every place has a height restriction, usually because of the zoning setforth by local authority. People like to talk about it all the time as some mysterious force that can't be broken.

The fact is, unless the FAA has a problem with a tall structure in a particular spot, there is no height limit that can't be worked around by some kind of zoning variance, if the locals are OK with it. However, to arbitrarily start talking about height limits as the means to prevent something from being built is nonsense.

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Monday, December 17, 2001 8:32 PM
Gurnee Ill is a perfect example of that. 125ft height limit but we all know SFGAm can go over that anytime they wish as long as they go before the board.
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Monday, December 17, 2001 8:43 PM
I know PGA have a 175ft Height restriction.
Monday, December 17, 2001 9:40 PM
I get tired of people talking about the "FAA height restriction" of 200 feet at SFOG.  I have actually gone to the trouble of contacting the FAA (as opposed to sitting around and talking about it) and found that all structures built around Charlie Brown Airport (FAA code:  FTY) have tou undergo some type of study to determine if it poses a hazard to planes using the airport.  FYI- this is a small airport mostly used by chartered jets.  So, each structure is studies one at a time, and there is no absolute cap to build there.  Any local regulations to build are probably pretty lax in nature since the park is in a fairly industrial area, and as with any zoning ordinance, you can file a request for an exemption.  I don't know of the specifics of the codes and zoning in Cobb County, but Six Flag creates $$ for the area, so I'm sure the maximum height the park can build is taller than we'll see anytime soon.
Tuesday, December 18, 2001 4:06 AM
SFWoA's is 180ft I believe.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2001 2:30 PM
Here is the link to the FAA regulations regarding height.  http://ecfr.access.gpo.gov/otcgi/cfr/otfilter.cgi?DB=3&query=14000000077&region=BIBSRT&action=view&SUBSET=SUBSET&FROM=1&SIZE=10&ITEM=1

The FAA regs are absolute only as to what must be submitted for review, but I suspect that anything that infringes on the "imaginary surfaces" has very little chance of being approved.

With regards to local requirements, how hard it is to get a waiver depends on local politics and local laws.  In some areas a waiver requires only a vote by the zoning comission.  In other areas it requires a referrendum.  In some areas the park may just about control the zoning comission.  In other areas it has not clout at all or may even be at odds with the people on the zoning comission.


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