Jackson County

Former pig farm to big subdivision, Jackson County supervisors say 'no'

Developer Shawn Pedersen, left, talks with Latimer residents Bob DuRocher, center, and Deborah King, who live in the area of the 66-acre subdivision he is proposing. County supevisors said no Tuesday to a rezoning proposal.
Developer Shawn Pedersen, left, talks with Latimer residents Bob DuRocher, center, and Deborah King, who live in the area of the 66-acre subdivision he is proposing. County supevisors said no Tuesday to a rezoning proposal. klnelson@sunherald.com

LATIMER -- Jackson County supervisors stopped plans for a big subdivision in Latimer when they voted Tuesday not to change zoning in the area to accommodate the development.

The proposed 66-acre subdivision would be just north of Interstate 10.

Developer Shawn Pedersen told supervisors it would be less than 1- 1/2 miles from the largest shopping center in South Mississippi -- The Promenade and Sangani Boulevard -- which he said helps change the neighborhood from rural to more urban.

Pedersen pitched the idea of putting 54 homes on the 66 acres with a main entrance on Daisy Vestry Road and a secondary entrance on Peapatch Road. But he needed a zoning change from agricultural to R-1 residential to do it.

The zoning change would allow him to put as many as 4.5 homes per acre in the areas that aren't wetlands.

But Peapatch Road residents came to the Board of Supervisors meeting with a PowerPoint presentation and details about why the project doesn't work for their area.

Bob DuRocher showed supervisors Peapatch Road is so narrow two trucks must use the shoulder to pass. He brought up the high percentage of wetlands on the land and said the project would change the character of the established neighborhood of homes on large lots.

The Planning Commission voted 4-2 to deny a zoning change and Pedersen appealed to the supervisors.

Supervisor Troy Ross was concerned that without a zoning change and a formal subdivision on the acreage, the landowner could sell to someone who would put in a big trailer park with one trailer per acre, something allowed under the current zoning. He questioned whether that is what the county wants for the area. He asked if the county might change the zoning to a level of agricultural that would allow a subdivision with larger lots.

Supervisor Randy Bosarge moved to deny the zoning change, and the board approved that motion. Bosarge's concerns were that the subdivision, as proposed, was too dense; stormwater runoff could be a problem; and Peapatch Road isn't wide enough to handle more traffic.

After the meeting, a real estate agent handling the sale of the property said the property used to be a pig farm.

After the vote, Pedersen said he might consider seeking a zoning change to agricultural that would allow the subdivision, except with larger lots.

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