Reactions Mixed to Thomas County Moratorium

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In the midst of a subdivision building boom, Thomas County commissioners say a moratorium will help the county catch its breath, but developers disagree.

Luretta Bliek with Allerbest Development says, "Owners cannot get the best use of their land and the best value of their land if they can't get it rezoned for the best use, so that hurts everyone involved who have deals currently in progress."

Local realtors say too many homes isn't the problem.

Julie Bryan, owner of Remax of Thomasville, says, "It's a seller market right now, we have a lot more buyers than we do sellers, so we're very excited and we're selling houses and we need more houses in our area to sell."

Thomas County commissioners say they'll use the 60-day moratorium to design a better plan to deal with new subdivisions in the county.

Elaine Mays, Thomas County Commissioner, District 8, says, "With all the subdivisions that we have we really need to look at where they need to go. We wouldn't want one downtown obviously; we wouldn't want one in the middle of a cotton field."

At Thomas County's planning and zoning office, the director says they're flooded with subdivision requests.

Director Johnny Reichert says, "We average in 2004-2005, roughly 150 to 160 units, lots units being approved. We've seen over 800 lots approved this year."

Commissioner Mays adds, "We just really need to direct that type of growth, and that was the reason for the moratorium."

It’s a moratorium that now gives commissioners until the end of February to resolve this controversial issue.