Woodstock Extends Moratorium on Single-Family Apartments

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Single family aparment in Downtown that was placed with a moratorium. Photo Courtesey: Armando Carillo

Staff Writer: Sam Snyder

Downtown Woodstock, with an unbalanced number of apartments, have decided to put a moratorium on the growth of single-family apartments. This means that they are going to extend the stoppage of building apartments in Downtown Woodstock to balance out the population growth because of all the apartments. 

 

Woodstock population has grown a little too much then expected since 2010. As of 2010-2014, the total Woodstock population is 25,672, which has grown 155.44% since 2000. The population growth rate is much higher than the state average rate of 21.03% and is much higher than the national average rate of 11.61%. 

Since, the population is becoming overwhelming for the only 11.6 square mile town they are planning to reduce the population growth by about 10%. The apartments have been the main problem when it comes to population growth in Woodstock. Its causing an extreme amount of un-wanted traffic, noisy roads, and even complaints to the city. 

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Above is a picture of the main problem that the apartment popoulation exceeded 20% Photo Courtesey: Armondo Carillo.

The moratorium has been in place for a few months now. It started in Early October, and has been very effective. They were planning on just making it last to September, but they keep adding extensions. The Moratorium is planned to end on December 12. Though another extension may be made on the moratorium, from the research taken they are stopping the ban of renting apartments and people can buy an apartment in the town of Woodstock by December 12. 

 

According to journalist David Ibata, ” Woodstock imposed a 90-day moratorium, which expired Nov. 14, after determining its 3,377 rental units accounted for 21.4 percent of the city’s housing stock. Official policy limits the proportion of rentals to 20 percent.”. Which means the city is trying to lessen the number of apartments in the city of Woodstock by 1.4%. This doesn’t seem like much, but will make a huge difference when it comes to balancing the number of apartments, condos, and homes. 

Another journalist named Madison Hogan said in her article “The mayor and city council seek to weigh land use policy with private property rights, while promoting a positive balance of units intended for rental versus ownership, the ordinance said.” Which means that the ordinance doesn’t want to outweigh the amount of land policy use to the amount of private property rights that the people have. Which is very respectable because they hope for positive feedback as they do a positive act for the city of Woodstock. 

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