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COMMISSIONERS VOTE 4 TO 1 NOT TO IMPOSE A MORATORIUM ON LARGE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS

COMMISSIONERS VOTE 4 TO 1 NOT TO IMPOSE A MORATORIUM ON LARGE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS COMMISSIONERS VOTE 4 TO 1 NOT TO IMPOSE A MORATORIUM ON LARGE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS

THE PROPOSED MORATORIUM WOULD HAVE BEEN  TEMPORARY, ONLY FOR 90 DAYS,  AND PENDING UPDATE OF THE COUNTY'S LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE      

When Henderson County’s Board of Commissioners met Monday evening in the Historic Courthouse, the agenda item that got the most attention was a proposed moratorium on large housing developments in the county, at least until the county’s Land Development Code can be updated to adequately deal with large sub-divisions.

A large number of residents in existing and proposed sub-divisions spoke, mostly in favor of the moratorium.  The president of the Henderson, Transylvania Home Builders Association spoke against the proposed moratorium, pointing out that thouands of local jobs would be affected by it.

That proposed moratorium started with widespread neighborhood opposition to proposed large sub-divisions on Rugby Road, on McKinney Road in Etowah, on Highway 64 west between Hawthorn Hills and Hunters’ Crossing...,and with the possibility of more development between Edneyville and Hendersonville if a new sewer connection is built by the county in that area to service the new $25 million Eneyville Edlementary School.

The county attorney explained Monday night that the proposed moratorium could only apply in un-incorpoated parts of the county and not, for example, in the Town of Laurel Park where the "Cottages at Arcadio Views" has drawn opposition from those who live in Hunter's Crossing and Hawthorn Hills.  The proposed moratorium also would not have appliied to any traffic issues, since the county has little jurisdiction over roads.  The county attorney also pointed out that such a moratorium could lead to a lawsuit against the county by builders and developers.

In the end, .Commissioner Grady Hawkins proposed a temporary moratorium on developmenys larger than 100 units, but his motion was defeated in a 4  to 1 vote.  

The issues raised by the public are now back in the lap of the county's Planning Board, and that Board is expected to have recommendates by February or march.y 

Out-of-town developers have been eager to buy land and to develop large scale housing developments in some previously rural parts of Henderson County, but the need for adequate infrastructure to handle such issues as traffic, water,  and sewer...along with very vocal opposition from residents in the neighborhoods...has gotten the attention of the county’s Planning Board and commissioners. And that led to the possibility of a moratorium.

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