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Nauvoo Struggles with Moratorium on Growth

NAUVOO, ILLINOIS -- Nauvoo Mayor, Tom Wilson, announced that the moratorium that was imposed in March on new building permits will continue for the next few months. New commercial and multi-family residential construction will have to wait for the commission on planning and zoning ordinances to determine how growth will effect the long-term plan now being developed. An urban planner, funded by the Mormon church, will aid the commission that previously lacked the authority a formal zoning ordinance would provide.

City real estate has been active since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans last year to rebuild the Nauvoo Temple. The $30 million project is expected to be completed by fall 200l. Wayne Marting, owner of the only real estate firm in Nauvoo, doesn't see the moratorium slowing down the sale of the city's red-hot residential property market. "A handful of people are just kind of waiting to see what happens," he said. "I tell people what you see commercial is going to stay commercial," he adds.

Nauvoo currently is a community of approximately 1,200 residents, but there is concern that tourism will quadruple after the temple is completed. Kay Walker, owner of the Nauvoo Family Motel, has commented that he would like build another hotel. City Clerk, Carol McGhghy, said no one has approached City Hall seeking permits to build.

The plans for commercial investing and residences turned bed-and-breakfast inns will have to wait for now. Wilson encourages developers to be patient. "We've never done this before," he said.


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