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Apartment project may face opposition

October 6, 2009

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A proposed apartment project at Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive is up for City Commission approval but is expected to draw opposition from neighbors.

Commissioners will consider a request to rezone nearly 11 acres at the southeast corner of Inverness and Clinton Parkway from single-family office zoning to multi-family zoning.

The zoning would allow for a 164-unit apartment complex to be built on the site.

Neighbors have sent letters to commissioners expressing concern about the amount of apartments already in the area.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 6 months ago

This sort of sums it up:

Donovan Scruggs, Ocean Springs director of community development and planning, said the city's current budget. crunch can be tied directly to infrastructure expenses needed to serve new housing developments.

“If residential growth paid for itself and was financially positive, we would not be in a budget crunch,” Scruggs said. “But with increased numbers of houses you have increased demand on services, and historically the funding of revenues generated by single-family housing does not pay for the services, they require from a municipality.”

Scruggs said there have been two studies done on impact fees. One 100-page study was on services for police and fire protection, administration and parks. A second study was done on infrastructure related impacts on roads, water and water.

The current proposal calls for the fees to be collected separately.

“We want. to make sure we tie the fees as closely as possible to when the demand is being generated,” Scruggs said. “Water and sewer fees would be collected when the subdivision is constructed. Services more related to occupancy and homes being constructed would be collected later. For example, no one will have a need for a park until there are kids in that neighborhood.”

While developers pay for onsite water, sewer and road infrastructure, Scruggs said it is costly to pay for offsite upgrades needed, such as enlarging lift stations and raising water towers.

“Now if we have to upgrade a lift station, it is paid for by the general fund revenue paid by each taxpayer in the city,” Scruggs said. “Someone on the west side of town would have to pay for subsidizing the growth in demand caused by the development in the east part of town.”

The eastern part of town is where the greatest residential growth is being seen. Scruggs said there has been so much growth in recent years that the city has to elevate its water towers to keep pressure at adequate levels. “That was a direct result caused by the growth,” he said.

Scruggs said that impact fees are legal if they are done properly.

“Madison's impact fee program had problems,” Scruggs said. “Ours will not have those problems. It can be done right.”

Ocean Springs had 120 homes constructed in 2000, 90 in 2001 and is on track to have 120 homes constructed in 2002. If impact fees had been collected on the 310 homes built in three years, the city would have extra revenues of about $2.1 million.

In order for the city to have orderly growth, developers need to be responsible for a certain amount of the infrastructure. Most builders understand impact fees are for a purpose that improves their development.”

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 6 months ago

Flooded markets come back on the taxpayers because vacant housing generates ONLY property tax. Vacant housing does not pay for trash service yet the truck may need to make the stop on a street for only one residential unit = more time and gas = not paying for the trip in that block or whatever = higher trash service fee.

I seriously doubt that a private service will save locals any money. This is a college town so college town rates will be applied. Putting more local people out of work does this over extended economy no good.

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hipper_than_hip 4 years, 6 months ago

The issue of vacancy was brought up at the planning commission meeting, and here's part of the transcript:

"Commissioner Dominguez inquired about the communication that referred to ‘overbuilding.’

Ms. Day said that staff has not done a specific analysis.

Mr. McCullough said that Planning does not track the apartment vacancy rates."

Why doesn't the planning dept track vacancies? Do they really operate in a bubble where they don't care if there are too many or not enough apartments?

I was under the impression that the planning dept helped guide the development of the city by making sure we have the right mix of industrial, commerical, retail, and housing.

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classclown 4 years, 6 months ago

Single-family office zoning? What exactly is a single-family office?

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beobachter 4 years, 6 months ago

The city will approve it. After all, there aren't enough vacant apartments around town.

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infidel 4 years, 6 months ago

Build it and they will come. It would be nice if the SLT were built so all the traffic could use that instead of 23rd.

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