Sharpsburg building moratorium could be lifted soon

April 22, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

SHARPSBURG - A 10-month-long building moratorium in the town of Sharpsburg could be lifted soon.

The town enacted the ban on new construction in June 2007 when officials there began revising the town's zoning laws, Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said.

The building ban was renewed in December 2007 and expires May 15.

If the town's zoning laws are finished by then, the ban will be lifted, Spielman said.

"We put it in place so we wouldn't have confusion with half-finished work that had to be changed midway through the process," Spielman said.

The moratorium bars new construction, including additions on houses, Spielman said.

Repair work, such as fixing an old roof, is not affected by the ban, Spielman said.

After the zoning laws are rewritten, Washington County will take over building inspections for the town, Spielman said.

The county already does the town's electrical and plumbing inspections.

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