By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – At presstime Tuesday night Joe Fratesi and Jeremy Murdock from the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University were hosting a meeting to provide insight about how zoning works in Mississippi. The meeting is the first of four public meetings as supervisors push toward the implementation of a long-range plan to guide future growth in Yalobusha County.
The next three meetings allow community input into the proposed plan and are scheduled in Coffeeville, Water Valley and Oakland. The first meeting will be at the Coffeeville courthouse on Sept. 11, followed by a meeting at the Water Valley courthouse on Sept. 12 and the third meeting at Town Hall in Oakland on Sept. 14. All three meetings start at 7 p.m.
The meetings are the next step to develop a plan that will likely include land use regulations and possible zoning in the county after supervisors hired a planning company, Orion Planning +Design, back in April.
The company was hired following several months of discussion about future development in the county and following complaints supervisors have received this year about blight, abandoned property and sewage disposal issues.
Currently there are no county requirements for property development outside of flood plain regulations.
Bob Barber works as a planner for the company and has made multiple trips to the county to update and receive input from supervisors. Earlier in the year Barber stressed the goal of the plan is to preserve the quality of life in the county without putting a burden on residents. He added that the plan will be unique to the county and will be called Stewardship Yalobusha.