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Duluth planning to study Buford Highway corridor

DULUTH - The Duluth City Council on Monday extended a moratorium on accepting special-use and conditional permits in highway commercial districts to April 30 because the city plans to commission a study of the Buford Highway corridor in the spring.

The council's action also halts all regular permitting for such districts during this time period.

The temporary moratorium was enacted July 9 and extended on Nov. 26 through Thursday.

The Buford Highway corridor from Pleasant Hill to Old Peachtree roads is the primary area affected by the moratorium, according to Councilwoman Marsha Anderson Bomar.

"The city is on the verge of authorizing a study to see what kinds of developments we'd like to see there," Bomar said. A consulting firm would likely be hired to conduct the study this spring, she said.

Duluth Planning Director Cliff Cross said the study also may recommend boundaries for a potential tax allocation district that would encourage redevelopment and revitalization of the Buford Highway corridor and fund infrastructure improvements in it. Duluth voters approved a referendum in November authorizing the city to create TADs.