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City, County working to eliminate building moratorium

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- Representatives for New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington are still working to get rid of the building moratorium put in place Thursday. They plan to meet with state officials tomorrow, which could help decide when the building ban will be lifted. New Hanover County commissioner Bill Caster said, "We had to do what we had to do. It was not a happy moment when I made that decision to put the moratorium in place. That's what the state expected and that's what we had to do." The state's decision to halt all building permits that would send waste through the north east interceptor has brought development projects to a screeching halt. Nick Garrett is one of the developers who had to hold off. "The home I'm showing you right now would be a couple year type project, and the moratorium would be over by then, so why wouldn't you allow me to get my building permit and build my home?" The state says it doesn't want the northeast interceptor to take on any more waste than is already flowing through the system. Now it's up to County and City officials to develop a contract with the state explaining exactly what they plan to improve -- and how. "We're going to be working very hard to develop a plan, and develop some data that we can show them so that we can get out of this moratorium and still do the right things environmentally and technically." Exactly what is in the works to get the moratorium out of the way, County commissioners say is still under construction. County commissioners and City Council members will meet again Monday to discuss the plan further. A contract between state, county and city officials may be drawn up by Tuesday.

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