Hammond Hits 'Pause' On Commercial Construction

Hammond Hits 'Pause' On Commercial Construction

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Town of Hammond officials unanimously passed a moratorium on most new construction projects to give them time to review and change its regulations.

The move Wendesday night was in the wake of opposition to a slaughterhouse project.

"People will not be able to have site plans reviewed on commercial projects," town Supervisor Ron Bertram said, "with exception to food service establishments."

Basically, no new site plan applications will be approved in the next six months to give the town time to review and revise current regulations.

"Every community need a way in which they can regulate and monitor and control what goes where," town resident Gary Arnold said.

The decision was prompted by recent projects, including a sawmill and a slaughterhouse, expected to be built in the town.     

"Those two things I think have been the driving force in people saying, 'enough was enough, we really want some more regulation,'" Bertram said.

The moratorium won't affect the slaughterhouse project because that site plan was already approved, but it will help set guidelines for future projects."

"Hammond needs new projects, it's good for Hammond," resident Paul Sansoucy said. "They just have to be done in the right place in the right way."

The town has 10 days to file the moratorium with the Department of State and it will go into effect after its approval. 

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