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Building moratorium in Shelby

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By The Staff

Shelbyville City Council has approved an ordinance declaring a building and zoning moratorium on the east end of Shelbyville.

The motion, brought in a special- called meeting of the Council on Tuesday, covers all building and zoning issues from Fourth Street to the Mt. Eden Road, including the initial burst of Frankfort Road where the Hilltop Produce property is located.

The moratorium, effective today, encompasses all building permits, demolition permits, zoning map amendments, planned unit developments, and development plans within the area.

Mayor Tom Hardesty said the point of the ordinance is to give time for a small area study to be conducted on the area within the western boundary of Fourth Street, the northern boundary of the confluence of Clear Creek and Mulberry Creek, the eastern boundary to the east side of Mt. Eden Road, and the southern boundary of Clear Creek.

“This gives us an opportunity to study the area to help figure out the types of businesses we want in the area, the types of construction - what building materials are used, the landscaping, streetscaping -- things like that.”

Eileen Collins, Executive Director of Shelby Development Corporation, broke it down further and said that last week that the Shelby Development Design Committee came up with a list of design changes that they would like to see. The committee will provide the ideas to the City Council.

“They talked about the area being conducive to gathering -- family- and pedestrian-friendly with broad sidewalks, a green area for landscaping. Keeping on-street parking is important. They’d like to see Washington Street receive the same attention as Main Street. And that sustainable design would be incorporated,” she said.

The study should identify possibilities for the area affected by the judicial center, and the moratorium gives planning and zoning and city council time to assess what would be the best use of any changes there, she said.