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Dawson County renews residential moratorium
County moratorium
Before deciding on the moratorium extension, District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines, left, reads some of its main provisions during the BOC’s Aug. 4 voting session. - photo by Julia Fechter

The “legal pause” on residential rezoning applications was extended for another three months during the Dawson County Board of Commissioners’ Aug. 4 voting session. 

Board members voted 3-0 Thursday evening to extend a moratorium on residential rezoning applications until Nov. 2, 2022. 

Commissioners Emory Dooley and Sharon Fausett were not able to attend in person. However, Dooley was able to call in and vote over the phone. 

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This vote follows a July 7 decision to implement a month-long emergency moratorium for the same purpose. 

District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines emphasized some of the updated moratorium’s main points, as outlined in an updated document. 

The moratorium curtails rezoning applications for residential land use as described in the Article III and mixed-use village portions of the Dawson County Land Use Resolution. It can either end on Nov. 2, be extended again or be terminated by the board, Gaines said.

As with the initial moratorium, this one will not apply to developments that have already been passed or are going through the county’s approval process, like the mixed-use village proposed by Fox Creek Properties. That development will come up again on the BOC’s Aug. 18 agenda, at which time there will not be a public hearing for it, since one was already held on May 19.

The updated moratorium also mentioned that the county is in talks with a consultant for a forthcoming impact fee study, the methodology report for which is expected to be presented on Aug. 18. An updated report would “reflect the current fiscal realities associated with providing adequate services for residential use in the county,” the moratorium stated. 

In tandem with the impact fee program update, the moratorium added that the board may also consider updates to the Land Use Resolution to “potentially assist in creating an appropriate balance between residential development and the infrastructure necessary to service the development.” 

BOC Chairman Billy Thurmond spoke about the moratorium’s intent, explaining that the pause on applications would help “give planning and development staff time to look at residential land use codes and impact fees to get a better picture of the future.”