Convention Center district, other issues on council agenda

Land-use and zoning issues will dominate the agenda Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, when City Council members gather for their regularly scheduled meeting at City Hall.

Among the issues council members are scheduled to decide is a measure calling for the creation of a Convention Center Overlay District from Veterans Avenue to DeBuys Road.

The proposal, which was originally recommended by the Reviving the Renaissance initiative, would allow increased density, structure height and floor-area ratio allowances, and adjust parking requirements for areas within the district. (To see background on the district, as contained in a public hearing notice several weeks ago, click here.)

The council will also consider a request to allow construction of a 224-unit apartment complex, including 10 two- and three-story structures, on nearly 12 acres of land at Cedar Lake and Brodie roads.

Another measure proposes to re-zone 14 parcels of land on Lameuse and Elder streets on Back Bay from single family to multi-family.

To see the complete agenda – more than two-dozen measures in all – click here.

News and notes

Katrina, plus 2: The city is planning to host an observance to mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29 at 8 a.m. on the Biloxi Town Green. The half-hour ceremony will involve local religious leaders.

Katrina cablecasti: Cable One will air the city-commissioned documentary “Katrina & Biloxi” on the second anniversary of the storm, at 8:30 a.m., and 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. on its cable systems serving Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Permits: The city’s Community Development Department is approaching the 20,000 mark on the number of permits issued for storm-repair and new construction in the 22 months between Aug. 29, 2005 and June 30, 2007. To see a breakdown by month and type of permits issued, click here.