Chatham County Commissioners Halt Large Residential Developments

Chatham County commissioners have voted to halt large residential developments for a year.

The vote yesterday puts a moratorium on projects of 26 or more units.

County Manager Charlie Horne says the vote comes to allow the county to determine that it can handle the demands on school space, utilities and other issues.

Commissioner George Lucier says the moratorium could be lifted early if the board thinks the county is ready for growth. Lucier says the moratorium could also be extended.

Commercial development and developments in Pittsboro and Siler City are excluded.

Lucier says Chatham is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina. He says the historically rural county is --not-- ready in terms of its ordinances to handle the growth.