Planning Commission seeks input on regulations

The Biloxi Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Thursday (Nov. 17) to seek input on whether to revise the city’s ordinances governing standards for condominiums and waterfront development.

The hearing, which begins at 2 p.m. at City Hall, was prompted by a request from the City Council several weeks ago for the Planning Commission to collect public input on whether the number of units allowed in a condominium development should be increased.

Some councilmembers favor increasing the city’s current density rate, which can be more than 30 units per acre, while Mayor A.J. Holloway has cautioned that too large an increase would burden existing water and wastewater infrastructure and increase traffic.

For background on Thursday’s hearing:

Read the official notice of the meeting, by clicking here.

Read the ordinances regarding parking requirements and proposed revisions by clicking here.

Read the ordinances regarding waterfront development and proposed changes by clicking here.

Read comments that Holloway made about the issue in an Aug. 9 appearance before the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, by clicking here.

HUD plans informational meeting for developers

Developers and those who play a role in development can learn about a host of available federal programs and support during a briefing by representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Friday (Nov. 18) from 9:30 a.m. to noon at City Hall in Biloxi.

During the free session, HUD staffers will provide information on such programs as America’s Affordable Communities Initiative, Energy Star and Healthy Homes, and provide background on other federal initiatives for community planning and development of single- family or multi-family proposals.

The session, which will be held in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, is open to everyone, but is expected to be particularly useful to those in the financial, real-estate, development and construction fields.

HUD representatives will include a question-and-answer session as part of their presentation.