Louisiana City Halts Multi-Family Housing Construction Due to Infrastructure Concerns

The Hammond City Council has paused multi-family development approvals while it studies ways to improve the city's infrastructure.

February 10, 2022, 12:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Hammond, Louisiana, has paused all multi-family housing construction for six months as the city grapples with concerns about the service levels of the city's infrastructure.

Caroline Savoie reports for the Daily Star that the Hammond City Council approved the six-month multi-family housing development moratorium after reducing the length of the moratorium from an originally proposed one-year period.

"Sam DiVittorio, councilman from district 4 and author of the moratorium ordinance, said it will put a pause on developments with more than four living units to allow time to review current development codes, enforcement and infrastructure plans," explains Savoie.

Devon Wells, another councilmember referenced in the article, told the council that "stresses on infrastructure are causing sewage overflows in houses in his district," reports Savoie.

Savoie credits the city's Planning and Zoning Committee for playing a role in convincing the city council to reduce the duration of the moratorium.

A lot more soundbites and context about the political debate about infrastructure and development are included in the source article below.

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