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The tipping point in the council's view on development came after the December runoff election victory by Christine Hall.
Hall voted for the moratorium, which was put forward by Councilman Mike Palermo. Palermo said the three-month pause gives them time to suggest UDC changes that will result in a better balance of the tax digest — which he feels too heavily leans on residential property taxes — and ensures proper growth in the city.
A resident during the public comment portion of Monday’s meeting said transient people live in apartments and bring more trash and add congestion, frustrating long-time residents. Others at the meeting donned T-shirts supporting apartment-dwellers.
Councilman Matt Judy and other council members who abstained said they were frustrated Palermo sent an email at 4:15 p.m. on Friday adding this to the agenda of the Monday meeting.
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“This is not transparent,” Judy said. “This is a big decision because in this city people will hear this is a moratorium. They won’t hear it’s a moratorium for 90 days.”
Mayor Lori Henry, who didn’t vote, said she feels the pause gives them an impetus to do something about development. “In order for us to see redevelopment of our existing apartments, we are going to have to offer density bonuses,” Henry said.
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