At their meeting on February 23, the Swansboro Board of Commissioners will be considering a 6 month development moratorium on buildings greater than 12,000 square feet.
On February 2, 2016, the Swansboro Planning Board unanimously recommended a moratorium be considered by the Board of Commissioners on developments over 25 residential units and buildings proposed at 12,000 square feet or greater. Upon recommendation, the Town Manager noted that legal counsel would be sought on the appropriate language for the moratorium. Although traffic concerns exists for all development as noted herein, per NCGS 160A-381(e), cities may adopt temporary moratoria on any city development approval required by law, except for the purpose of developing and adopting new or amended plans or ordinances as to residential uses. As a result, the moratorium will be limited to buildings proposed at 12,000 square feet or greater.
The proposed expiration for the moratorium is August 23, 2016, set for 6 months or 180 days. Beginning on February 22, 2016, the Planning Board will be meeting twice per month to review the Town’s UDO. The second meeting of each month through June will be used for the sole purpose of composing and revising language within the UDO to be forwarded to the Board of Commissioners for their review.
From our perspective, tracking the UDO changes will be the important part of the process. A schedule for UDO discussions by the Planning Board is here: UDO Schedule 2-22
Full document can be found at the link below. The moratorium information starts on page 188
UPDATE: due to a lack of a supermajority, the moratorium was not enacted at the February 23 meeting. The Commissioners may reconsider the item in March.