Suwanee enacts development moratorium

SUWANEE - Suwanee City Council members by unanimous vote Friday approved a moratorium on building large developments in residential areas.

This action was taken in anticipation of completion of the city's 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

The moratorium halts city acceptance of rezoning applications, special-use permit applications, development permits, building permits and land use changes until May 29, until the moratorium is repealed or until the 2030 Comprehensive Plan is approved.

Approval of the plan could come as early as April, depending on input received from council members and residents.

Council members should have a draft of the plan no later than Wednesday of next week.

"We're nearing completion of the comprehensive plan. Protection of residential districts is a priority in our community," City Manager Marty Allen said.

According to planning division director Josh Campbell, the moratorium is imposed on large neighborhood developments, such as recreational facilities, churches and any non-single-family residential projects. The next public session for review of the city's comprehensive plan is scheduled for March 27.