Aldermen update land use plan for zoning changes

Aldermen update land use plan for zoning changes


RIDGELAND- An updated land use and transportation plan for the city includes the recently annexed area west of I-55 as well as other recent zoning changes, city officials say.

Mayor Gene F. McGee said that municipalities have an obligation to maintain a comprehensive Future Land Use and Transportation Plan and “to keep it updated.” McGee said the plan had last been updated in 2019 when discussions began for the proposed frontage road along I-55 on the southwest edge of town but had not done a comprehensive update since 2016. 

McGee said this is the first item of business approved by the board in an “exciting new year.”

Public Works Director Alan Hart said the amendments largely “clean up” the plan. Among other uses, the plan can help the city attract developers and secure funding for proposed projects.

Hart and City Planner Jordan Lohman presented the proposed amendments to aldermen at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday. 

Lohman said the amendments largely bring the area annexed in 2021 into the city’s comprehensive plan and includes zoning changes as well.

The item was unanimously approved 7-0 by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

The annexation includes property surrounded by Greens Crossing Road, North Livingston Road, the Natchez Trace Parkway, and north and West County Line roads. The annexed area includes 345 residents and 4.9 square miles, making the city’s current estimated total population 24,683 and the total city limits 26.3 square miles. 

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