A sharply divided City Council declined on Monday to extend a moratorium on the construction of apartments and condominiums in most areas of the city.
The 45-day moratorium, which took effect May 2, was passed unanimously by the council to give the city's planning staff time to revise the General Plan. Last month, staff members said the revision should be complete by January, and on Monday night City Administrator A.J. Wilson recommended that the council extend the ban another 10 1/2 months.
But council members C.L. (Clay) Bryant and Nell Soto opposed the measure, saying that extending the moratorium until May 1 would have a chilling effect on sorely needed development in the city.
"Someone wants to come in with a quality development and we want to make them wait a year?" Bryant asked rhetorically.