Booneville’s new design ordinance is aimed at creating an atmosphere for long-term growth and improvement in the city, say city leaders.
Aldermen adopted the ordinance last week and it will take effect 30 days after its first publication in the newspaper’s legal section.
“That first impression is key,” said Booneville Tourism Director and Main Street Association Executive Director Lori Tucker.
The ordinance sets guidelines for signage, building materials, green spaces, landscaping and site design for new businesses. Once it becomes law it will apply to any new business constructed in the city as well as to any business that changes ownership, but existing businesses will be grandfathered in under existing rules.
Ward 1 Alderman Tara Green Lauderdale said the city’s most recent ordinance on signage and appearance of buildings was written in 1995. In 2017 the city underwent a strategic planning process resulting in a comprehensive plan for growth and development in the city and among the recommendations from that process was the establishment of design guidelines.
Lauderdale said the ordinance is meant to create a level playing field for all business owners and encourage growth and development. She said potential investors will see the community is focused on planned and intentional growth and know their investment will be protected because everyone is operating under the same rules.
“It will boost property values. It’s a win-win for everyone,” she said.
Tucker said this type of planning is part of creating a positive quality of life for everyone and encouraging growth that will boost the quality of life for all residents.
“We’ve got to help each other and we’ve got to work together,” said Lauderdale.
The alderman said this ordinance is part of ongoing efforts by the city to clean up the community and encourage the kind of development that will benefit everyone in the future.
Tucker agreed and said the real impact of the new ordinance will be seen years in the future as it guides the development and encourages the ongoing improvement of the city.
Lauderdale said it’s vital to have a plan for growth in order to ensure the city sees growth and development that will benefit the community for years to come.
“No plan is negative growth,” she said.