Developers to pay for rights-of-way in Southaven

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Southaven Mayor Greg Davis says a new ordinance will require developers to reimbursement the city costs for acquiring rights-for-way for commercial construction.

Right-of-way refers to the legal right of passage through property owned by another.

The Southaven Board of Aldermen adopted the ordinance this week. It took effect immediately and applied to commercial developments only, not residential.

Under federal law, cities are required to pay landowners for rights-of-way if the landowners make the request.       Davis says landowners usually donate the right-of-way.

Davis says the city passed the new ordinance because of the $25 million in road improvements the city expects to take on in coming years.

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