The Vienna Town Council now has until the start of next summer to redesign the Maple Avenue Commercial (MAC) zone.
The moratorium was put in place last September to allow the town staff time to redesign the town’s guidelines. The moratorium has been extended several times and most recently was scheduled to expire later this November.
While one female resident spoke in favor of the extension during the public hearing last night (Monday), resident C. John Pott told the Town Council that he wants to see an outside consultant share how other places are handling commercial and residential challenges.
“I think it’s very important we get a consultant with national experience and knowledge,” he said, adding that the Town Council also should have a financial analysis regarding the ordinance and affordable housing guidelines included.
Last night, the Vienna Town Council voted unanimously to extend the moratorium to June 30.
Councilmember Douglas Noble said he does not want the Town Council to miss another deadline for revamping the guidelines.
“If we were a business, we would not be doing very well,” Noble said, adding that he wants to see the town update its code and commercial zones by next spring.