The Orange County School Board wants to build a new school to relieve overcrowding, but it has to jump through local zoning hoops that don’t apply to charter schools in the same way.
School leaders had strong neighborhood support for the relief school. But Orange County commissioners turned it down, relying partly on an ordinance drafted about 20 years ago requiring a middle-school campus to be at least 25 acres.
The district’s parcel, originally pegged as an elementary-school site, was a little more than 16 acres.
Despite an outcry from neighbors, neither proposed charter school is likely to face the same scrutiny from the county.