Post #409: MAC moratorium extension schedule.

Posted on October 7, 2019

I thought it might be worth the time to write down the schedule for extending the MAC moratorium.  I think it looks like this:

  • 10/7/2019 — today, as of the time this was written
  • 10/17/2019 — last possible date to begin advertising the required Planning Commission public hearing.
  • 10/22/2019 — last possible date to begin advertising the required Town Council public hearing.
  • 10/30/2019 — Planning Commission public hearing.
  • 11/4/2019 — Town Council public hearing.
  • 11/15/2019 — Current end of the MAC moratorium.

Detail follows, in reverse chronological order.

As of now, the MAC moratorium ends on 11/15/2019. 

At the September 16, 2019 Town Council meeting, the Town Council set a public hearing on 11/4/2019, for extending that.  Meeting materials from the September 16, 2019 meeting can be found here.

When the Town originally set the moratorium, for whatever reason, they let 10 days elapse between their vote, and when the moratorium took place.  That lag is what got us both the Sunrise and 380 Maple West proposals.  But when they extended the moratorium the first time, there appears to have been no such lag.

That’s a public hearing relating to zoning, so the Town has to adhere to this schedule (below) for publicizing it ahead of time.  I calculate that the latest date at which they can begin advertising that meeting is 13 days before.  So the advertisement for the meeting has to be published no later than 10/22/2019-ish.

Per Town code, Sec. 18-246 " ...  Notice of public hearings before the commission shall be given by publishing the time, place and notice of the hearing once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper having a paid general circulation in the Town. The public hearing shall be held not less than five nor more than 21 days after final publication. "

But before the Town Council discusses it, the Planning Commission must also hold a public hearing.  Formally, the Planning Commission then passes its recommendation on to the Town Council.  The only scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission is 10/30/2019.

They too must publish notice.  Again, I make out the last possible date for publishing notice of the public meeting to be 10/17/2019-ish.

When those hearings are advertised, notice of that should appear on the Town’s webpage for public hearings.