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Board poses moratorium on residential zoning

By Justin Boron

All new residential zoning applications in Clayton County are on hold until as late as May.

The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a zoning moratorium beginning in December. But it stopped short of the one originally proposed, which would have held up all applications.

Instead, the commissioners limited it to residential applications, allowing commercial and industrial ones to continue to be heard. The stipulation was necessary, Commissioner Carl Rhodenizer said, to allow a large business development in the northeast part of the county to have the flexibility it needs to move forward.

Developers have been gathering steam on a massive development that could include up to 1 million square feet of retail space and hundreds of homes.

“We have all this work about to fall into place at Anvil Block and Bouldercrest,” Rhodenizer said, adding with such a high unemployment in the county, the board couldn't risk slowing such an important economic stimulus.

The stay also will allow the commission to redefine some definitions of the codes that guide development in the county.

“Our ordinances just need a little tuning up,” Commissioner Charley Griswell said.

Applications slated for Thursday's 7 p.m. zoning meeting will still be heard. The board meets at 112 Smith St., Jonesboro.