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City holds called meeting to decide apartment issue
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 15, 2014 | 1567 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The debate about amendments to the City of Gray’s Comprehensive Land Development Ordinance was put to rest Friday when a quorum of council members voted unanimously to keep multifamily housing as a permitted use.

The May 9 called meeting of the Gray City Council was attended by four of the city’s elected officials, Mayor Pro Tem Ed Barbee, councilmen Benny Gray and David Tufts, and Mayor Stephen Tingen.

One of the other important outcomes from the called meeting was the lifting of the city’s previous moratorium on permits for apartment buildings.

The moratorium was put in place at the council’s Feb. 3 meeting due to a discussion about the city’s lack of guidelines for the construction of multifamily housing units, which are defined as buildings designed for three or more families living independently.

The existing Section 92 of the housing ordinance was deleted as part of the amendment and replaced with a new section that includes stringent guidelines for the application for a building permit for apartments, site requirements, and individual unit requirements.

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