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    General plan amendment moratoriums ?

    My City is currently in the process of a comprehensive update of our General Plan. As is typical, we are considering a number of City initiated revisions to our land use plan as well as a fair number of requests from property owners. The City has encouraged input and solicited input from the citizens so we believe that most owners have had an opportunity to participate in the process.

    My question is whether anyone has, or is aware of another City that may have imposed a "moratorium" on additional GP amendments for a period following the completion of a comprehensive update of the City's General Plan? We are thinking of somehow limiting future requests for a period of 2-3 years after adoption of the new General Plan, while retaining the Councils ability to hear amendment requests that involve unusual or extraordinary circumstances.

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    Cyburbian mike gurnee's avatar
    Feb 1998
    Greensburg, Kansas
    I have seen places where it takes over two years to process an amendment. Many states require a rather rigorous analysis of amendment proposals.

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    I wouldn't see any problem any placing a moratorium on amending the general plan. It's the city or county's plan, and they don't have to amend it if they don't want to.

    Some states, for example, Washington, only allow amendments to local comprehensive plans once a year.

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