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Simpsonville extends moratorium on permits

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By Josh Moore

The Simpsonville City Commission took action on three ordinances at its meeting Tuesday night.

Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance extending the moratorium on any zoning, building or demolition permits in the area around Shelbyville Road. The moratorium allows time for the commission to update regulations for the long range plan for the area. It's in effect until January 31, 2010.

Commissioners heard the first reading of an ordinance that spells out the purpose, organization and duties of Shelby County's Human Rights Commission.

That commission consists of members from Simpsonville, Shelbyville and the county, appointed by the cities' mayors and the county judge-executive. The group can hear cases of possible discrimination and refer them to the Kentucky Human Rights Commission for action.

The commission was originally created back in the 1980s and was restarted about a year ago, City Administrator David Eaton said.

There's no financial commitment on the part of the cities or the county.

The City Commission also heard the first reading of an ordinance that would create a new Article 19 in Simpsonville's zoning regulations. The article would allow for the creation of overlay districts in which officials can control what types of signs and building materials could be used in the area, to improve the image of the district.