The Commerce City Council passed the second reading on a moratorium halting new construction within the Development Corridor for up to six months. The measure will not prevent simple, routine maintenance on properties, and is meant to provide a time for planning related to the strategic economic plan for Commerce according to Commerce City Manager Bill Shipp.
SHIPP: What we're doing during that time is developing a new zoning ordinance, which will set design standards, dimensional standards, and uses for the corridor. I don't anticipate the uses are going to change much from what they are currently, but what we do want to set is good design standards so we can get a good look and feel along that corridor as a redevelopment.
Home and business owners along the corridor were invited to a meeting to discuss the construction freeze, but no objections were presented to the city. The development corridor runs along Live Oak and Monroe Streets as they run through the heart of Commerce, and most of the downtown area.