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Meeting Date: 6/20/2011

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NOTE: The Council will hold its public hearing on June 20, 2011 at 7 pm in the Council Chamber at Town Hall. To be consistent with the Council’s policy regarding time limits (for long meetings), the Council is planning to recess the meeting after the second item has concluded. They will then resume this meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 7 pm in the Council Chamber at Town Hall to consider the remaining three items.

Public Hearing: Proposed Town-Initiated Zoning Atlas Amendment for Moratorium for an Area Including the Northside and Pine Knolls Neighborhoods.  

Council Goal: Focus on Economic Development, Land Use, and Transportation for a Balanced and Sustainable Future

Background: On May 23, 2011, we provided the Council with a response to a petition from the Sustaining OurSelves Coalition. We also provided an update on staff initiatives that were underway to develop solutions that recognize the connection between the spirit and intent of the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District Vision Statement. We also summarized Town-wide discussions about student rental development in residential neighborhoods.

On May 23, 2011, the Council scheduled tonight’s Public Hearing to receive public comment about a temporary moratorium.

Following tonight's Public Hearing, on June 27, 2011, the Council could consider enacting an ordinance establishing a moratorium.

Fiscal Note: We identify the following fiscal impacts:
1. Loss of fee revenue during the moratorium period.
2. Staff time required to carry out activities proposed in the memorandum.

Recommendations: That the Council enact a temporary moratorium on development in areas in and around the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods as indicated on the attached map.

The proposed moratorium would apply to applications for residential permits on residentially-zoned property issued by the Town’s Inspections and Planning Departments that have not yet been received, effective from May 24, 2011.  This would include applications for:

  • building permits
  • site plan approval;
  • special use permits;
  • zoning compliance permits;
  • minor subdivisions; and
  • major subdivisions (preliminary plat).
The proposed moratorium would end on January 31, 2012.

We recommend that the following applications be exempt from a development moratorium:

  • Repairs required due to catastrophic loss or deterioration;
  • Foundation repairs;
  • Repairs necessary for safety purpose or to correct code or zoning violations; and
  • Removal and replacement of an existing structure with one of the same size or less.

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Staff Memorandum
Draft Ordinance
Map of Proposed Moratorium Area
Summary of Planning Board Action