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Milton passes emergency moratorium across city

Feb 18, 2015

Monday night Milton’s elected officials passed an emergency moratorium on land disturbance permits across the city to hold the status quo while they consider a conservation subdivision ordinance.

In a 6-0 vote, City Council chose to bar the acceptance of applications for land disturbance permits on properties in agricultural and residential districts, including AG-1, R-1, R-2, R-2A, R-3, R-3A, R-4A and T-2.

Citizens wanting to learn about Milton’s conservation subdivision ordinance plans should attend the Community Zoning Information Meeting at City Hall Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

“By enacting this moratorium we thoroughly evaluate the possibility of requiring conservation subdivision design in Milton,” said Kathy Field, community development director for the City of Milton. “We hope to encourage better development patterns and facilitate the preservation of green space.”

Mayor Joe Lockwood said the moratorium is a short-term tool used to maintain our current state while staff and officials evaluate possible modifications to Milton’s code.

“The important thing to realize in all this is that we, as a city council, remain committed to preserving and enhancing our rural character,” said Lockwood. “Our vision of being a distinctive community that embraces small town life and heritage remains strong”

The conservation subdivision, which sets aside an amount of land for conservation, is one of many options among Milton’s growing list of conservation and lifestyle initiatives. These include a conservation plan and smart growth strategies like form-based codingtransfer of development rights and community-based master planning.

To learn more about rezoning cases currently in the regulatory process, click here

For more information, please e-mail Zoning Manager Robyn MacDonald, or call her at 678.242.2540.