AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - In a college town like Auburn, it is normal to watch construction of new apartment complexes around the city.
However, at a city council meeting on Tuesday, November 4, Mayor Bill Ham brought up the issue and discussed a potential multi-family housing moratorium.
"This is not a new subject. We have drafted information for the council for eight or nine years. I think we keep hoping the problem will subside, but it doesn't," explains Assistant City Manager, Charlie Duggan.
Duggan says there has been no substantial growth in Auburn University's enrollment numbers in last 20 years and the new complexes constructed are leaving older units empty.
"Is it going to become a drag on the health, safety and welfare of the city? Are we going to experience some urban blight? We're really not sure and we want to get out ahead of this," says Duggan.
The council has agreed to continue researching the possibility of a moratorium and what it would involve while updating a multi-family housing study that was completed in 2013.
"We want to make sure first there is a legitimate, real, serious, problem and then take the time to figure out what we need to do to fix it,” explains Duggan.
It's an issue the city wants to be one step ahead of in the future and is encouraging the public to voice their opinions at a public hearing at the November 18 council meeting.
"Auburn is a popular pace, people want to develop here,” explains Duggan, “We just need to make sure that development is keeping with our values and what the community desires."