With a few tweaks, the new land development code created alongside the previously adopted Envision Corinth 2040 plan is going on the books.

The approval came during a public hearing which drew no input before the Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen, but several last-minute tweaks were before the board, and it is anticipated there will be more.

“Even though we move forward and adopt this new plan, there’s going to be changes that come up down the road,” said Alderman Ben Albarracin.

One change to the zoning map affects the northern residential areas, including areas north of Shiloh Road and east of Highway 45, as well as north of West Linden Street and west of Highway 45. The board agreed to change the new zoning for this area to Suburban Neighborhood 15 (SN15) with a minimum lot size of 15,000 square feet. The originally proposed map had those zoned as SN10 with minimum lot sizes of 10,000 square feet.

City staff feels the change will serve to protect the character of those neighborhoods, which are currently zoned R-1 single family and have lots greater than 15,000 square feet in size.

The board also agreed to add a Suburban Neighborhood 8 (SN8) zone for the West Corinth neighborhood area of Wenasoga Road between West Linden Street and Highway 45 in order to be consistent with the existing single-family R1-B zoning, which has minimum lot sizes of 8,000 square feet.

Another change reduces the cell tower height restriction to 100 feet in all residential neighborhoods and 150 feet in all other zones.

The board also approved a change involving billboards 3-1 with Alderman Chris Wilson voting “no” and the two aldermen who are involved in the billboard business abstaining. The change prohibits a digital billboard from being located within 1,500 linear feet of any other billboard. Also, if an existing non-digital billboard is replaced by a digital billboard, then two additional existing billboards must be removed and not replaced.

The new development code is one of the key implementation strategies of Envision Corinth 2040. The existing code is considered outdated and not in keeping with current best development practices or the goals set forth in Envision Corinth 2040, which was developed by Orion Planning + Design with public input.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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