By Jeff Gallatin
With the April 21 expiration date less than a week away, Bay Village officials Monday approved extending the moratorium for 90 days on development of attached housing within the city.
Prior to the meeting, council President Paul Koomar said he wanted to at least have it on the agenda for discussion, noting it had been brought up at the April 7 council meeting when council members Karen Lieske and Dave Tadych were not present due to illness.
“I thought we at least should have the opportunity to discuss the moratorium with the council before it expires and hopefully reach a decision as to whether we wanted to extend the moratorium,” Koomar said prior to Monday’s meeting.
Koomar said no final decision had been reached prior to the Monday vote. He said, however, council’s current prevailing sentiment was to make it for three months instead of another six months. The three months should allow sufficient time for more up-to-date legislation on attached housing to be done. Once that is done, the moratorium on development could be allowed to expire, he said.
Officials passed a six-month moratorium on the issue last year while the city was waiting to see whether or not a ballot issue pertaining to attached housing and rezoning for some Cahoon Road-area parcels for possible development – which could have attached housing as part of some of the projects that were under discussion for the area – was passed by voters. The rezoning was rejected when voters in the affected area nixed it. Even though a majority of citizens in the rest of the city voted for the rezoning, for it to pass, both the residents of the affected areas and the rest of the city must approve the rezoning.
Bay Village law Director Gary Ebert said because the rezoning proposal didn’t pass, he doesn’t see a need to extend the moratorium when the six months expires April 21.
“If the rezoning had passed and the properties were able to be redeveloped in a way where attached housing could be included, then it would be more necessary,” he said. “But the proposal didn’t pass, which means the current zoning for that area as well as the citywide laws make it very hard to do anything like the attached housing.”
Ebert noted the attached housing legislation has been discussed by the Bay Village Planning Commission and council for several years.
“I know council still wants to discuss it, which is fine, but I don’t think we need the moratorium until there’s more definition on the issue by the city,” he said.”But we’ll do whatever council thinks is best.”