Permanent Zoning Changes Likely To Protect Neighborhoods

During its June 13th meeting, the City Council adopted a ninety-day moratorium on subdivision and site plan approvals for projects with three or more attached dwelling units. This measure, suggested by Council Member Jim Stowe and supported by multiple neighborhood associations, will permit the City’s planning staff, with public input, to examine our zoning code and zoning map and determine whether permanent changes are needed in certain areas to prevent development that undermines the character of neighborhoods. We expect to consider and adopt such permanent changes in the late summer or early fall. The moratorium reflects the unanimous opinion of the City Council that a suburban quality of life must be maintained in our neighborhoods, even as we encourage urban density and economic growth in the heart of our downtown.