Commission committee considers building moratorium - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Commission committee considers building moratorium

For the first time in more than a year, Shelby County Commissioners were poised to move forward Wednesday with a plan that would stop development in unincorporated parts of the county for six months, while they craft a plan that will hopefully help slow outward growth and the need for more county infrastructure and new schools.

The issue has met strong resistance from developers angry about losing dollars and threatening to take their business elsewhere.

Walter Bailey said the moratorium will buy time for county lawmakers to stop white flight and what he considers a new segregation by people who don't want to be part of integrated schools and communities.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Bruce Thompson said that if state lawmakers had bought into plans pitched earlier this year - for development fees. The moratorium wouldn't be necessary.

The issue goes to the full commission Monday. Because it is in resolution form, it will not require three readings...just a vote either way. Protests from some developers are expected.

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