Ridgeland considers changes to zoning ordinance, plan

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The Ridgeland Board of Aldermen are considering the language of the city’s zoning ordinance and master plan to determine if they should grant a conditional use permit for a proposed facility.

The developer has proposed plans for a senior living facility to be built on property zoned C2. 

“We’re looking at what’s the difference between apartments and senior living,” said Alderman Chuck Gautier. “There is language in our zoning ordinance and master plan as it relates to C2 zoning that says senior living. We want to be consistent.”

The development will be located in close proximity to two other senior housing developments Highland Home and Beau Ridge.

However, Gautier said the concern is that the proposed facility will not have on-site care and some other amenities that those developments offer.

“There is a different continuum of care,” he said. “This group, although they’re saying 62 or over, we’re just not sure that’s consistent with the language in our ordinance.”

Gautier added that there are a large number of people living in that area that are supporting the proposed development.

Alderman Brian Ramsey made a motion to table the matter until the next meeting so that they might further discuss the matter with legal counsel and the developer.

Gautier, Ramsey, Ken Heard and Bill Lee voted in favor of tabling the matter. Aldermen Wesley Hamlin, Kevin Holder and D.I. Smith voted against.

According to the packet submitted to the board, the proposed plan is for an independent luxury senior living development that sits on 28.73 acres and has a density of 6.68 units per acre.

The developers do not expect the facility to have a significant impact on adjacent streets or highways, as most seniors who would live there might not have a car or drive.

They do plan to offer transportation at set times throughout the day to local shops and the grocery store in a limo bus. The bus would provide most of the necessary transportation that residents will need.

The surrounding properties are zoned C2 and include an assisted living development, heavily wooded land and a private parcel of pasture.

The proposed plan includes a tree buffer for more privacy for residents and surrounding neighbors.

 

In other action, the board:

• Approved the minutes from the August 7 board meeting;

• Approved the minutes from the August 6 work session;

• Approved for Mayor Gene McGee to travel to Washington D.C. to attend Mississippi Local Leaders White House Conference on September 17 through 19;

• Approved the fiscal year 2019 police traffic services grant;

• Approved the fiscal year 2019 DUI grant agreement;

• Approved Revcord agreement for Ridgeland Police Department 911 recording system;

• Approved a special event permit for St. Columb’s Episcopal Church;

• Voted to reject reverse auction bids from Adcamp, Inc. for asphalt FOB and request permission to readvertise;

• Accept checks from Keep America Beautiful and Keep Mississippi Beautiful in the amount of $283 and $500 respectively.

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