Dunwoody city officials have imposed a 90-day moratorium on rezoning applications because the city is rewriting its zoning and building codes.

Dunwoody City Council unanimously approved the moratorium during its meeting July 22.

City Manager Warren Hutmacher told council members the moratorium was needed because the council soon would begin considering adopted new zoning and building codes for the city.

The moratorium, he said, would keep developers from rushing to the city with rezoning or Special Land Use Permit requests under rules that may change soon. It would prevent the city from accepting any requests for 90 days or until the new ordinances are adopted.

“Moratoriums are not ideal, but I think it makes sense at this point,” Hutmacher told the council. “It will not stop any development from occurring, but will delay it until after the new ordinance. When we started this, and laid out the timeline, the market was dormant. There is a beehive of activity now, a lot of it in the Perimeter area.”

The rezoning and building code rewrites have been in the works for nearly two years, city officials said. The council is scheduled to meet Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 to discuss the proposals, Hutmacher said.

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