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Johnston Co. Leaders Reject Moratorium On New Homes

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JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. -- — Johnston County commissioners Monday evening rejected a moratorium on new subdivisions.

Last month, the county planning board voted unanimously to stop approving new homes until the county adopts new recommendations on managing growth. About 150,000 people currently live in Johnston County, where the population has grown by about 70 percent since 1990.

Johnston County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Cookie Pope said the main reason county commissioners voted against the measure Monday night was that members did not see it necessary to have a moratorium.

"Moratoriums are placed for areas that are in crisis," she said. "And Johnston County is not in crisis."

The vote was not unanimous, but Pope did not immediately have an exact count Monday evening.

Currently, there are about 17,000 homes under construction in the county.

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