Hattiesburg may ban new construction

The Hattiesburg City Council will meet today to discuss a moratorium banning the construction of an new apartment complexes.

The move comes after a judge's ruling against the city allowing an out-of-state developer to continue to build apartment complexes in the Highlands neighborhood.

With construction on the rise, Council President Kim Bradley wants to impose a temporary ban on building so the city can have time to look at zoning in order to find alternate locations for the complexes instead of cramming most of them around The University of Southern Mississippi.

Bradley said current construction would not be affected, and the proposed restriction would only last about six months.