Builders want to limit use of 'interim ordinances,' call it underhanded tactic

Developers say local governments often adopt temporary moratoriums only to change the rules to stop their projects from happening at all. A new bill would severely limit local governments' abilities to do so, but critics of the legislation say it would give away too much local control and prevent local leaders from protecting constituents from potentially harmful developments.
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Developers say local governments often adopt temporary moratoriums only to change the rules to stop their projects from happening at all. A new bill would severely limit local governments' abilities to do so, but critics of the legislation say it would give away too much local control and prevent local leaders from protecting constituents from potentially harmful developments.

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