Lexington Chamber Statement on Lexington County Moratorium
The Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center Board of Directors issued the following statement regarding the ordinance passed by Lexington County Council in April that put a temporary stop on new, large-scale residential developments throughout the unincorporated areas of Lexington County. See Ordinance Details
Dear Chairman Cullum and Council Members:
Business leaders from the Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center recently convened to discuss the County’s imposed moratorium ordinance in unincorporated areas of Lexington County. Although we understand Council’s desire to manage community growth and reduce safety issues, the Chamber’s Board of Directors opposes the moratorium ordinance as written.
Our organization has two primary concerns; hindering the free enterprise system and impacting its workforce, especially in these uncertain times, and the open-ended time frame that the moratorium may be in place.
We suggest that County Council consider more open and transparent opportunities to engage the citizenry, including businesses, in matters that impact the community.Furthermore, we encourage County Council and the County’s staff to identify recommendations around land use and regulations surrounding large housing developments as quickly as possible to remedy this situation and lessen the financial impact of those involved.
The business community appreciates your continued focus on infrastructure issues, safety concerns, quality of life and comprehensive zoning overlay to address growth issues. We support smart growth, comprehensive planning, and a desire to work towards a mutually beneficial solution.
Please know that we are available to serve as a convener and to provide business representation.
Angelle R. LaBorde, CCE
President & CEO