Morro Bay council rejects building moratorium
April 15, 2015
The Morro Bay City Council voted down a proposed building moratorium that would have put a halt to new construction for 45 days. [Tribune]
Citizen group Neighborhood Compatibility Coalition (NECCO) asked the council to adopt the moratorium, citing concern that the construction of new houses would block the views from existing Morro Bay homes. The council rejected the urgency ordinance proposal on a 4-1 vote Tuesday, with Councilman Matt Makowetski dissenting.
If the council were to adopt the moratorium, it would bar the city from issuing building permits for 45 days. The urgency ordinance could then be extended to last a total of two years.
NECCO advocated for a construction moratorium that would last until the city adopts new building design guidelines. The city is currently developing interim design guidelines, which are expected to come before the city council on June 9.
The city is also working on updates to its General Plan and Local Coastal Plan, which regulate future growth. The council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution committing the city to updating those plans within three years.
After attending a NECCO forum and receiving requests from its members, Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons placed the urgency ordinance proposal on Tuesday’s agenda. However, Irons argued against the idea and vote against it, as well.
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