Following litigation on Washington County’s significant natural resources regulations, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) issued a moratorium prohibiting development and new housing in a large swatch of the county. In consultation with HBA members and community stakeholders, Washington County staff worked swiftly to respond to the moratorium and codify existing development standards for projects in areas with mapped significant natural resources. Following multiple public hearings, the Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a revised significant natural resources ordinance that addresses LCDC’s concerns and reinforces the existing balance between preservation and the need for new housing. HBA’s recommendations were incorporated into the final document, which goes into effect in December. Due to ongoing opposition to housing from NIMBY activists, an appeal of the ordinance and continued litigation is expected. HBA thanks Washington County staff for the diligent work to address the moratorium so that builders can deliver much needed new housing throughout the county. To learn more about our efforts in Washington County, contact Ezra Hammer at firstname.lastname@example.org.