In its most recent meeting, the Salisbury, Maryland City Council considered a one-year moratorium on the city’s fees on new-house construction, which were levied in 2006 during the housing boom. The moratorium is specifically for residential projects on the city’s vacant infill lots and in incomplete subdivisions abandoned during the recession, such as the Heritage, Aydelotte Farms, Parsons Lake Phase 1 and Sassafras Meadows.
Salisbury mayor Jake Day says the initiative will help promote home ownership within the city, and eliminate the “blighting influence” of vacant lots. Local builders, such as Gladden Construction, say the move would improve profit margins and satisfy a demand for city housing.
The initiative would require that all houses built during the moratorium period be owner-occupied for at least 10 years, otherwise all fees must be paid to the city prior to the transfer of the property.