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Trailer Park Expansion Clears Hurdle

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – A proposal for a planned trailer park expansion on Gore Circle in the City of Water Valley moved through the city’s planning commissioner meeting on April 17 without a problem after the design met requirements in the city’s zoning and development ordinance.

Speaking after the meeting, Commissioner Ken French explained that the plan presented at the meeting for the expansion will not require a variance or special request and was in accordance with Water Valley’s Zoning and Development Ordinance adopted in 2006. The property is zoned R-4, or special single-family residential district, which allows smaller residential lots and also mobile homes, manufactured housing and pre-fabricated housing.

The proposal includes removing the existing trailers located on the property and bringing in 24 new trailers, and building new roads, sidewalks and storm drains.  The four men who own the property, Turner Barnes, Hayden Alexander, Andrew Ross and Josh Matthews, were not present at the meeting. 

Zoning officer Billy Humphreys told the Herald the plan for the development was presented by a representative with Williams Engineering Consultants, Inc., from Oxford.

The plan addresses the portion of the property purchased by the group that is inside the city limits. Over two-thirds of the 29.5 acre tract of property purchased last year by the four men, operating as Golden Wing, LLC, is located outside the city limits.

The subject first surfaced in a city meeting in February, when city officials fielded questions from citizens about the proposal.  During that meeting, Mayor Larry Hart outlined the protocol for the development, explaining that the proposal would be submitted to the planning commissioners for review. Hart also said the city does not have the capacity provide sewage and water services for the portion of the property that is located in the county.

The county currently does not have any type of land use ordinance regulating development, but supervisors hired a planning consultant on April 3 as the first step in the potential implementation of land use regulations. The process is expected to take at least six months and will include public comment before a final plan is formulated for adoption. 

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