Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Sun Valley to consider moratorium on building

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Mayor Jon Thorson will ask the City Council on Thursday to consider and vote on a proposed ordinance that would institute a 120-day moratorium on "the processing of applications for subdivisions and land-use permits in all zoning districts of the city."

The intent of the moratorium, Thorson said Monday, is to give city officials time to draft and approve a new community-housing ordinance that could render meaningful numbers of deed-restricted residences.

Thorson said he intends to have the city measure the need for deed-restricted community housing and draft a set of regulations that could require building projects in all zoning districts to assist the city in meeting that need.

"Community housing is going to be important for our community and all of the local communities," Thorson said. "Now is the time, and we are the people."

The mayor said he believes the city could bring a new community-housing ordinance to the Planning and Zoning Commission by February and have it approved by the City Council in March, before the region's building season commences.

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