JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - City leaders in Jonesboro have approved a six-month moratorium on new apartment complexes in the city.
The Jonesboro City Council narrowly approved the moratorium Tuesday on a 6-5 vote. Mayor Harold Perrin cast the deciding vote.
The Jonesboro Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1cQEvoV ) that that the resolution expires Jan. 16, 2014. It's a moratorium on new multifamily housing zones in the city.
Backers of the moratorium say the city already has a large amount of vacant land that's zoned for multifamily use. Alderman Tim McCall says the city should also consider incentives for developers to revamp boarded-up complexes in Jonesboro.
Jonesboro Police Lt. Todd Nelson says the police department is also planning a new program for landlords and property managers to help them "create an environment that is hostile toward crime."
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