Your chance to comment on the comprehensive plan

Residents will have a chance to see a draft of the city’s comprehensive plan and comment on the document in three meetings coming up next week.

The meetings, which will all follow the same agenda, will be Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Joppa Shrine on Highway 67, north of the Woolmarket exit; and on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Community Development Department on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Additionally, the Biloxi Planning Commission will hold a workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Community Development Department specifically to discuss the draft of the comprehensive plan. However, no public input will be received at this workshop.

A comprehensive plan is a statement of goals, objectives, and strategies that establishes a municipality’s vision for the future and how it is to be implemented through planning policy, capital investments, and regulatory tools.

In May 2008, Biloxi began the process of updating its comprehensive plan, which will serve as a guide to long-range development of the city over the next 20 to 25 years.

The city’s plan is being prepared with assistance from a team of local and national consultants led by Wallace Roberts & Todd, a multi-disciplinary firm of planners, urban designers, architects, and landscape architects. A national leader in comprehensive planning and growth management for over 40 years, WRT is known for its innovative planning and growth management techniques in landmark projects in Baltimore, Orlando and other areas.

Once the city’s comprehensive plan process is completed, the city will update its Zoning Ordinances, Subdivision Regulations, and Architectural Design Standards to be consistent with the goals, objectives, and strategies of the plan.

Online resources

To see background on the process in Biloxi, click here.

To see the draft of the Biloxi comprehensive plan, click here.

For background on Wallace, Roberts and Todd, the firm working with the city to help craft the plan, click here.