New development code passes in Ocean Springs

A new development code was passed tonight by the City of Ocean Springs.

After multiple public hearings and years of work, a new unified development code for the City of Ocean Springs is now in place. Carolyn Martin, the planning and grants administrator for Ocean Springs, was happy to see it pass. “The main thing is that it should be a lot easier to follow and understand. We tried to clarify a lot of things and some of the conflicting verbiage and really kind of streamline the process. It takes out some of the guess work if you are going to start a project.”

For developers and Ocean Springs citizens, the new UDC really brings all things development to one place. “Our current codes have been kind of disjointed. We’ve got our zoning district codes and our subdivision regulations and we haven’t had a major overhaul since the mid-80s. They have been patched and pieced together.”

Rickey Authement before becoming an alderman was on the planning commission when this UDC was first proposed and he said it took a lot to get to this point. “In 2007, we had workshops with the planning commission where we actually met. We had stake holders that were involved. So, it has been a long time coming.”

Some minor changes were made to the UDC during the alderman meeting that went through without any issues which Martin says may happen after this adoption as well. “If there are some other minor changes that have been identified as just not perfect and we put them in practice and they are not functioning the way we thought they would, we will continue to be. It’s an ongoing review process, all the time.”

Overall, these city officials hope this new code will help promote the ever growing city they know and love. “The easier you can make something to understand and move forward. It will definitely promote the growth and give positive attention.”

If you would like to see the full UDC you can find it on Ocean Springs website under the planning department’s tab.

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