Stockbridge extends moratorium for certain businesses

STOCKBRIDGE — The Stockbridge City Council approved a motion that extends a moratorium on certain businesses in the city for 180 days.

Under the moratorium, the city will deny the acceptance of new hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, tire shops, pawn shops, title lending shops, cash for title shops, vapor shops, thrift and consignment stores, auto shops, used appliance stores, tattoo shops and assembly uses.

The nail salons were included in this version of the moratorium extension.

The moratorium was instituted as city officials sought a way to prevent an oversaturation of those shops in parts of the Stockbridge area.

This is the second extension to this moratorium, which was implemented last year.

City officials said at Tuesday’s meeting that the city is still in the process of rewriting its zoning ordinance, and no revised zoning ordinance has come to a vote before the council.

In November, the ordinance to extend the zoning moratorium stated that Stockbridge’s “ongoing revision of its code, comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances requires that a limited cessation of development and building permits, occupation tax permits and other licenses, permits or variances… be enacted.”

The documentation also stated that it was “necessary and in the public interest to delay, for a reasonable period of time, the procession of any applications for such developments to ensure that the design, development and location of the same are consistent with the long-term planning objectives” of the city of Stockbridge.

According to the documentation, any applications under consideration at the time of the moratorium will still be considered, and new businesses considered to follow any new zoning ordinances will be exempt from this moratorium.

In November, it was suggested that a new business among those included in the moratorium could get around the moratorium if it is determined that the new establishment was being put in an area where there is no saturation of that type of business.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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