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Residential moratorium?

By Mike Cross
Posted Saturday, March 12, 2005

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Residential Moratorium?
..."a temporary cessation of activity"

I have no desire to restrain local developers, builders or real estate professionals ability to do business, but I think it's time for this discussion. I have major concerns of just how residential development is going to pay for the services, capital improvements we already must provide.

Facts and needs:

* + 22 residential developments in build-out, approved or on the table for approval.
* + 9,000 homes-with more coming.
* School needs at + 103 million dollars.
* Municipalities are at or near capacity with water and sewer.
* Review CCO-affordable housing, buffers, walkability and building CAP.
* Review Watershed Ordinance-establish parameters for RA-90 river corridor.
* Develop a land use map-business corridor.
* Develop a Chatham Economic Development Plan.
* Review our Planning Process for conditional use applications.
* Open lines of communication/discussion with Cary.
* Obtain access to our commercial park
* Infrastructure for our commercial park.
* Support for new CCCC campus/public library in our commercial park.
* Support for new Chatham Hospital in our commercial park.
* Support for Juvenile Detention Center in our commercial park.
* Support to expand CCCC/Public Library in Pittsboro.
* Sewage Treatment Facility.
* County Water trunk line.
* Support two (2) water districts.
* Water line-Siler City to Silk Hope.
* Furnishings, books for public Library in Briar Chapel.
* New Chatham Judicial Center.
* Additional county office space.
* Renovation to existing county office space.
* Additional furnishings, equipment and vehicles.
* Additional staff for appropriate levels of review and service.
* ...and this list could go on...and on!

Revising our application process, clearing up a few ordinances, communicating with our neighbors and nailing down where the revenue is coming from would greatly enhance our ability to smoothly process future proposals.

I do NOT want to see a full moratorium on residential development-but limiting the number of homes per development, for a period of time, while we organize and answer some hard questions-appears prudent to me.

We need this discussion!

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Mike Cross' Weblog
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Residential moratorium?
Chatham County Commissioner Mike Cross shares his viewpoints with citizens on his weblog.

Related info:
Mike Cross' Weblog