McDonough adopts 60-day water moratorium

Photo of construction at the Fairview PAC with a water tower in the background (Henry Herald photo / Heather Middleton)
Photo of construction with a water tower in the background (Henry Herald photo /Heather Middleton)
Construction with a water tower in the background (Henry Herald photo/ Heather Middleton)

The city of McDonough has adopted a sixty-day moratorium on new developments to evaluate the city’s water system and update state permits. The moratorium does not affect any projects that have already been approved by the city or would connect to Henry County Water Authority.

The moratorium was adopted by the city council at their March 5 meeting. It shall last until May 16, or until the necessary updates are made.

Specifically, the moratorium is to allow staff to update their state permits to increase the number of properties that McDonough Water is allowed to service. City staff shared with the council the city is close to that limit as new development continues to build throughout the city.

The moratorium applies “on the acceptance by city staff of rezoning or the acceptance of applications for variances, permits, or inspections for the development of any land development projects that necessitate connection to the city’s water system.”

No vote on Hotel Moratorium

The city attorney has prepared a six-month moratorium on new hotels within the city; however, the council moved on from the agenda item without voting to adopt it. The proposed moratorium is to provide city staff with time to prepare ordinance revisions to increase regulations on extended-stay hotels.

It is expected the moratorium will be considered at the council’s next meeting on March 16. The draft moratorium and council’s request to increase regulations are a result after the council rezoned property for an extended-stay hotel in January.

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