Moratorium on Subdivisions Extended in Thomas County

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You don't have to look far to find new homes being built in Thomas County, and that's just one reason commissioners called for a moratorium on all new subdivisions, but with that period slated to end in about a month, commissioners say they need more time.

Developer Melton Hobbs says that could mean trouble for many in his line of work.

Elton Hobbs, owner of Hobbs Land Development, says, "This is something that is probably going to be hard on developers that are planning, that got everything ready already to go through the county commission."

The moratorium is not effecting projects already in progress, and the county says by extending the hiatus they'll be able to create a more efficient plan for growth.

Elaine Mays says, "If we're going to do something, we want to do it right."

Commissioner Elaine Mays says to "do it right" the county must establish what they call urban service districts, areas where services such as water and sewer are provided by the City of Thomasville.

Elaine Mays adds, "We're just wanting to make sure that we do these things in the right area."

And some developers say they support that goal.

Hobbs says, "Running sewer and water out into the county, that's what I'd like to see."

The new expiration date for the subdivision moratorium is May 1, and Thomas County commissioners say they don't expect it to be extended again.

Last year alone more than 800 new residential structures were approved in Thomas County.