Hearing Tuesday night on proposed Columbus subdivision moratorium

Published 3:10 pm Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Columbus residents can have their say tonight on whether or not the town should enact a proposed 8-month moratorium on major subdivisions.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Womack Building in Columbus for Columbus Town Council.

The town recently decided to propose a moratorium in order to enact new ordinances and strengthen current ordinances to protect the city from large developments. A stronger steep slope ordinance, erosion and sedimentation controls and a dark sky ordinance are just a few regulations the town&squo;s planning board is currently working on.

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Many area residents, including members of the Save Our Slopes organization, have been urging Columbus to give its planning board time to enact new regulations to protect the town and its hillsides. Many of the concerns have been focused on the proposed Foster Creek Preserve development, which is expected to have about 750 homesites on about 1,000 acres off Houston Road.

The town&squo;s planning board has been holding weekly worksessions lately to gather information and begin work on new regulations. If the town decides to enact a moratorium, it would be effective as of May 6, the date town council proposed the moratorium and set tonight&squo;s public hearing.