Council Quashes Measure A Moratorium

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In 1973 the city amended its charter to prevent multiple dwelling units from being built in the city. In many cases these units replaced the Island’s Victorian-era homes. In 1991 the amendment, popularly known as "Measure A," was amended to define the maximum density as one housing unit per 2,000 square feet of land.

Over time developers have asked for so many waivers so as not to comply with "Measure A" that the City Council considered putting a moratorium on granting these exemptions. At its last meeting, however, councilmembers decided not to move forward with this idea.

Instead the city staff will work to clarify the city’s rules for granting these waivers. They will also consider ways to ensure developers don’t build more homes than the land set aside for development can realistically handle.