Eagle County Commissioners adopted a temporary moratorium on new subdivision and zoning changes in the county by a 2-1 vote. The nine-month halt stops new subdivisions or zoning changes that would increase the already-allowed number of homes on a piece of property. However, the moratorium more a of a way to slow things down rather than bring construction to a halt.
People can still apply for, and receive, building permits on already-zoned property and there are built in exemptions for “hardship case” and re-zoning property for employee housing, either rentals or for-sale units that have restrictions on how much they can increase in value. There are already close to 16,000 approved but un-built units in Eagle County.
Commissioners Arn Menconi and Peter Runyon want to give staff time to complete work on new or revised regulations governing building in wildlife habitat, building on ridges and hillsides, and requiring water conservation and “environmentally friendly” building materials for new construction.