Council Extends Downtown Development Moratorium
Posted on 07/06/2017

Development in Newcastle’s downtown will be put on hold for an additional three months while city officials complete work on updating plans and regulations for the area. Following a public hearing at a meeting last night, the Newcastle City Council voted unanimously to extend a downtown development moratorium.

The moratorium was enacted in July 2016 to provide city officials, staff and consultants with sufficient time to develop a downtown strategic plan containing well-defined goals and an updated vision for the future. Revisions to other city planning documents, city regulations and standards that align with the new strategic plan also are under consideration. The work is guided by input the city received from residents and downtown business owners during an extensive public involvement process early this year and during public meetings.

At a meeting June 20, the City Council considered the downtown proposal and sent it back to the Planning Commission for further review. The Planning Commission held a special meeting Tuesday, July 11 to continue discussions.

The three-month moratorium extension will allow the Planning Commission and City Council to continue refining the draft Downtown Strategic Plan and associated revisions to city plans, regulations and standards

More Information
Draft Downtown Strategic Plan
Agenda Packet from June 20 City Council Meeting
Audio from July 5 City Council Meeting
Agenda Packet from July 5 Meeting
Moratorium Ordinance Text
Downtown Strategic Plan Website

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