Snohomish County Council readies construction moratorium

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The Snohomish County Council has drafted an emergency, six-month moratorium to ban new housing construction within a half-mile of landslide hazard areas, such as the Oso community hillside that collapsed March 22.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports the proposal would affect coastal bluffs and mountain valleys. The newspaper says an estimated 30,000 people already live in parts of the county with known landslide dangers.

The measure is expected to be introduced at Wednesday's council meeting. It would not apply to projects with completed building applications.

The Oso mudslide that has claimed 41 lives, with two people still missing, stretched more than a mile.