NORFOLK – Usually, city officials will jump at the chance to issue building permits and spur development in their town. But officials in Norfolk say there’s one part of town they want to see no development done…for now.
The Norfolk City Council Monday approved a moratorium on issuing new building permits along the North Fork of the Elkhorn River from Elm Street to Park Avenue. City Administrator Shane Weidner says holding off on building permits until October will allow the city to come up with a plan on how best to develop that corridor first.
“We’re trying to develop an overlay district that would define what can and cannot be built here,” Weidner said. “[We’ll define] architectural look, setback issues and the general character of the North Fork River going forward.”
Mayor Josh Moenning says the moratorium lines up with the wishes of a committee that’s been formed to come up with a plan for North Fork development.
“This moratorium is an outgrowth of those discussions and recognizing the potential in this area for redevelopment,” Moenning said.
The moratorium prevents new building permits from being issued, but city officials say existing buildings along the corridor would be allowed to renovate their properties. While the moratorium runs until October 3rd, city officials say it could get lifted sooner, should a plan for the North Fork get finalized.