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ORDINANCE NO. __________

AN ORDINANCE EXTENDING THE NORTH SHORE DEVELOPMENT MORATORIUM ESTABLISHED IN ORDINANCE NO. 9439 AND AMENDED IN ORDINANCE NO. 9450 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 19, 2002.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        The city of Duluth does ordain:

                Section 1.     Statement of purpose.
                On February 14, 2000, the Duluth City Council, in Ordinance 9439, enacted a one-year development moratorium on development on the North Shore of Lake Superior within Duluth.  The moratorium took effect on March 20, 2000.  Its purpose was to allow both the city of Duluth and the Duluth/North Shore sanitary district to complete planning studies and to allow Duluth to adjust its land use regulations to address changing conditions in land use patterns in the area because of the construction of a sanitary sewer serving the area.  The Duluth City Council amended the moratorium in Ordinance 9450 to allow limited construction of one family dwellings under certain circumstances in the moratorium area.  The Duluth/North Shore sanitary district's planning study will not be completed until at least October of 2001, and the city of Duluth's comprehensive plan development for the area will be completed some time after that.  Beyond the completion of the planning processes, it will take a significant amount of time to draft and enact appropriate land use controls based on the planning studies.  Because of these factors, it is necessary to extend the moratorium 18 months to protect Duluth's scenic North Shore area.

                Section 2.     Moratorium extended to September 19, 2002.
                For the reasons set forth in Section 1 of this Ordinance, the city of Duluth hereby extends the North Shore development moratorium as established by Ordinance No. 9439 and amended by Ordinance No. 9450 to September 19, 2002.

                Section 3.     That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days from and after its passage and publication.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This ordinance extends the North Shore development moratorium until September 19, 2002.  By state statute, a moratorium ordinance can be in effect for only one year and can be extended for 18 months beyond that year.  This extension is the maximum allowed by law and is necessary to allow the city to complete its planning process in the North Shore area and to institute land use regulation changes necessary to protect the area when it changes from unsewered to sewered.  Under present regulations, the required lot frontage necessary for development would drop drastically after the sewers were in place.