Miami commissioners are preparing to vote on a resolution protesting a new policy by the FAA that could further reduce building height limits within the city.
At the behest of airlines, the FAA is planning to add ‘one engine inoperative’ as a consideration when deciding whether or not to approve new buildings. Airlines have complained that since they are required to plan for OEI, they are forced to burn more fuel and take longer routes as new structures encroach into airspace. The FAA had previously considered this to be an economic issue.
A 2008 agreement between the city and county on height limits, which was was crafted with input from the FAA, could be jeopardized. Currently, the city will not issue a building permit without an approval letter from the FAA. Developers could ask the city and county to ignore the FAA’s new rules and grant construction permits without FAA approval, but they still would risk being unable to obtain insurance on the new buildings.
The FAA’s new rule was published in the Federal Register in April. A public comment period will close on June 27.