A proposed ordinance on cluster homes, which would allow developers to move open space from one project to another, got nowhere Tuesday after the City Council refused to act on it.

The Planning Commission earlier recommended against it. The council tabled the request until it can get an opinion from City Attorney Jim Brady.The issue began several months ago when Lou Bankhead of L&T Construction asked the council if there was some way he could transfer required open space from an approved subdivision on the valley floor to his land on Maple Mountain, which is more environmentally sensitive. The ordinance would have given the council the discretion to do that, said city planner Karen McCandless.

She said the Planning Commission earlier rejected the idea, saying once a subdivision is approved with open space, it should remain. "I doubt that it will pass," she said. "There are other ways of accomplishing that without passing an ordinance."