EMERGENCY ORDINANCE TO EXTEND A MORATORIUM ON APARTMENT APPLICATIONS FOR RIDGEWALK
Whereas, the City of Woodstock (hereinafter sometimes referred to as the “City”) is a municipality duly formed and existing pursuant to Georgia law; and
Whereas, the 1983 Constitution of the State of Georgia provides for the self government of municipalities without the necessity of action by the General Assembly; and
Whereas, the City of Woodstock, Georgia, has the legislative power to adopt clearly reasonable ordinances, resolutions or regulations relating to its property, affairs and local government for which no provision has been made by general laws, and which are not inconsistent with the Constitution or any charter provision applicable thereto; and
Whereas, Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances, City governs the general government of the City; and
Whereas, the governing body of the City has determined that it is in the best interest of the City and its citizens to adopt the following; and
Whereas, an emergency exists as to the dense development, excessive traffic, overcrowding and land planning in the area of the City north of Towne Lake Parkway and west of I-575 (hereinafter referred to as the “Moratorium Area”); and
Whereas, the Mayor and Council of the City of Woodstock, Georgia are concerned that the life, safety and well being of the citizens of the City could be negatively impacted by uncontrolled development in the area;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Mayor and Council of the City of Woodstock hereby declare that an emergency extension of the temporary moratorium on the acceptance of plans for development for apartment projects within the Moratorium Area is hereby imposed and extended for the City of Woodstock, Georgia. No plans shall be accepted by the staff of the City for projects within the Moratorium Area for approval from this date (May 14, 2012) forth until November 19, 2012. Excluded from this ordinance is the land area (5.401 acres) included in zoning case Z#048-09. It is anticipated that this moratorium shall last until November 19, 2012, but it is subject to change by the Mayor and Council. During the time this moratorium is in place, the city staff is hereby directed to prepare a master plan for development of the area which is the subject of this moratorium.
This emergency ordinance shall be shall be effective immediately upon adoption on May 14, 2012 with a 1st and final reading to be held on Monday, May 21, 2012 and Monday, June 11, 2012.