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Rezoning of three Southaven subdivisions could bring big changes

By Daniel Hight - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Southaven leaders said Friday they are considering rezoning three neighborhoods, bringing big changes to the area.

The area considered for rezoning is near the intersection of Great Oaks Drive and Highway 51 and were originally zoned as farmland.

Dennis Vanduyn and his wife moved to DeSoto County 25 years ago to get away from big city problems.

"When you're laying in your bed and you see someone stealing a car next door, you're ready to move somewhere," said Vanduyn.

But Vanduyn said his humble neighborhood has created a different set of problems.

"Junk cars, won't mow their yards, their houses are run down," said Vanduyn.

The mess, according to City of Southaven officials, lies in the zoning. The proposal is being made to rezone DeSoto Woods, Droke and Thweatt subdivisions from agricultural to residential. The city would then have the authority to enforce clean up.

Planning Director for the City of Southaven Whitney Choat-Cook said citizens have voiced concerns about higher taxes.

"We've confirmed with the tax assessor's office," said Choat-Cook. "They don't base it on zoning, they base it on what the assessment use of the property is."

If the proposal passes, commercial businesses operating in the neighborhood would be grandfathered in. However, Choat-Cook said they would be limited.

"You cannot expand that use," she said. "If you expand, you'll have to go into a commercially zoned part of the city now."

Vanduyn said he is confident everyone in the neighborhood would benefit.

"It's going to improve our property value," said Vanduyn. "And if people clean up, it's sure going to improve it.

The proposal will go before the planning commission on Monday, October 25. The meeting will be open to the public.

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