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Urban renewal is the key to sustainable development. The purpose is to develop and redevelop various areas within the City. Urban Renewal projects are used to enhance economic development.
An urban renewal governing body is established (the Redevelopment Authority) and a plan is created to demonstrate how this tool can help improve the area. The goal of urban renewal is to support economic development and community improvements by encouraging private development, and by financing public projects.
The city’s planner identified that the following conditions present barriers to the “growth of Ocean Springs and constitute an economic and social liability to the proposed renewal areas and the City as a whole.”
Under State statute, properties must be either considered blight or slum. Ocean Springs does not have very many properties that are considered blight or slum but like many coastal cities it does have properties that have blight influences, are underdeveloped, or the property is not at their best use and beneficial to the community.
Blight, among other things, can mean being underdeveloped, underperforming, dangerous, deteriorated, or underserved. A physical space or structure that is no longer in acceptable or beneficial condition to its community.
No. The city would only acquire certain property in the Urban Renewal Area for the following purposes:
These entities can rehab, renovate, develop, and redevelop in accordance with the Urban Renewal Plan. The Urban Renewal Plan includes restrictions with respect to land uses, maximum densities, building requirements, off-street parking, and loading or unloading spaces.
The City advertised the map that included the areas. The Planning Department notifies nearby property owners of proposed zoning changes, subdivisions, and similar proposals, as required by the Unified Development Code. The urban renewal resolution did not come under any of the provisions of the Unified Development Code.
No. Mayor Holloway will not financially gain from the proposed Urban Renewal Plan.
Yes, the plan would welcome mixed-income and affordable housing.
The plan does not designate specific properties but identifies specific areas. The urban renewal plan was completed by two certified planners and an attorney who has municipal and urban renewal experience.
No, there is not reason for Alderman Blackman to recuse himself from discussing or voting. Alderman Blackman does not work for an engineering firm.
Any Aldermen who own property in there areas will recuse themselves from discussion or voting.
The proposed Urban Renewal Plan was written by the city's planner and an attorney with Urban Renewal experience.
As we look into opportunities to develop the area that currently houses Public Works, the Ryan Youth Center's building will remain or will be rebuilt.
Yes, but the properties would need to follow the entire process to be added.
The city has no plans for the Juke Joint property. The trees are protected.
The Urban Renewal Plan encourages green spaces and city ordinances currently protect our trees.
The Urban Renewal Plan can assist with addressing infrastructure and drainage within the areas.
The city is not taking or tearing down anyone's property. If the residents in this neighborhood would like to be designated a historic district, please contact the planning department to discuss the process.
The Carter-Calloway House is not on the city's list for acquisition. The plan states to maintain the historic character of the home.
There are facade grants and possible tax abatements to help improve residential homes. As opportunities become available, the city will share those resources.
No, families have been targeted for displacement. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen will be updating the plan to change the number from 5 to 0.