Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Overlay District Becomes Effective 10/1/13

My speaking tour of Rankin County wound to its presumable end Monday evening when I shared the past, present, and future of the Overlay with the Reservoir Lions Club.  Pursuant to its terms, the Overlay (or Reservoir Community District) will become effective October 1, 2013, unless the Attorney General unexpectedly delays his stamp of approval.  The Rankin County Board of Supervisors and the PRVWSD will have a press conference of sorts during the RCBoS's Monday, September 16, 2013, meeting. Thereafter, a media blitz will ensue to get as many folks as possible acquainted with the regulations as reasonably possible.

I had the pleasure of speaking to the Flowood Kiwanis, the Brandon Kiwanis, and the Reservoir Lions Club. If there are any others interested, whether a service organization or just a group of interested folks, let me know:  usmjacksonalum@yahoo.com.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cant' wait until Oct. 1st, I have already been taking pictures, one is a car in the front yard with a for sale sign on it, in Bay Park!I want to stay in this area but do not want my property value to go down because of cars in yards and on the street. It is a start hopefully the Overlay will be a good thing!

Anonymous said...

8:39, I've been here for almost 20 years, and the only thing to even remotely make my property value decline, in the slightest, was the recession. If you're the kind of person that puts money ahead of neighborly relationships, we'd rather not have you in Bay Park. Period. YOU are what's wrong with the world today. Putting your own personal gains ahead of other peoples rights and relationships.

Anonymous said...

Troy, is there anywhere that we can go to actually read the full, final OD plan? Is what is on the Rankin County website, posted back around April, the final plan? If so, it only appears to address parking (in yards), accessory structures and signs. There's no mention of general upkeep or clutter in front yards. If this is all we're getting, it's not much.

There's a house in Bay Park that has had two pallets of landscaping stones sitting in the front yard for at least six months. It looks just lovely. That won't be affected by the plan that I've seen. Though it would be nice to see the folks that treat there front yards and street like parking lots be called to task.

And 10:27, the average value of homes in Bay Park has declined since I moved in less than ten years ago. I'm all for neighborly, but that street runs both ways. I won't be tattling on the neighborhood like 8:39 seems prepared to do, but I would like to see some mutual respect for our rights and for this new law from our neigbors.

Anonymous said...

I have lived in Bay Park for 32 Years and I Have the best neighbors I could possibly ask for and I feel safe in my home and in my neighborhood, but I do not want cars, trucks or tractors or boats parked in the front yard. It does bring the value of your home down not up. I am in real estate it is a fact.

Troy Odom said...

3:50 p.m.: The "draft" form on the RCBoS website is the "Overlay District Ordinance" in final form. Be advised the Overlay District is simply Article XXVI of Rankin County's overall Zoning Ordinance. There may be other provisions within the hefty zoning ordinance that address your situation. Also, the County's "Nuisance Property Ordinance" may also prohibit the conduct you describe. Even further, the home inspection now mandated by the County could cause that to be cleaned up if it constitutes a hazard to the home. In short, (assuming the absence of subdivision covenants addressing it) there are a number of ordinances recently enacted designed to address your concerns.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks that this move is anything more than another way to increase government control of your daily life is a fool who will be not only disappointed but will be paying higher fees (aka taxes) to the man for taking more of your rights. Most all people are mindless sheep who believe anything that they hear or see in the reckless media.

Anonymous said...

3:50, you're full of it. The only houses that have depreciated are ones with foundation problems. Mine has doubled.

And Mr. Dent, who's house you're whining about, has done more for area residents than you could ever hope to do. Been here a lot longer too. I'd much rather look at those pallets of stone that will be laid than the monstrosity of a house that's brand new and just right down the street. Somebody is compensating with that, and it's more sad than anything.

You big government loving people are about to get the blowback rightfully coming your way. You want to live in madison county, you should have bought on that side of the river. This "overlay district" is going to fail, and fail badly, and the people supporting it will get what's coming to them.

Anonymous said...

Hello ll:44

Wishful thinking on your part. The overlay district addresses only parking, accessory structures and signs. Other county wide ordinances such as animals, Utility Inspection and nuisance property will be fully implemented starting October 1, 2013.

Vicki McDowell said...

I attended the Rankin County Supervisors meeting yesterday regarding the Overlay District, which will be in place Oct 1st. BUT the meeting was really honoring Jim McDowell, a resident that loved the Reservoir and Rankin County and wanted to make a difference in his community. He wanted to create and implement the Overlay district. He worked with the PRV and the Rankin Supervisors with persistence because he wanted to preserve property values. Jim McDowell loved this area and this body of water we call the Reservoir; he was just trying to make a difference. A week before he died he was talking about all the things he wanted for the Reservoir. Yesterday, was a good day for me and I appreciate the Board of Supervisors and Larry Swales, Chancery Clerk, for honoring a good man, who just wanted to improve his community, Vicki McDowell

Anonymous said...

I've been looking at houses for sale in the Bay Park area.
But if I'm gonna have an uptight neighbor whine about the occasional car parked in MY front yard on MY private property--I do believe I will look elsewhere.
From looking at houses around the Rez, I'm not seeing low property values--even the houses with severe foundation issues.
For all you whiners out there I have a suggestion for you. You may want to read up on something of importance. The U.S. Constitution and the MS Constitution. ;)

Anonymous said...

@6:15 Thanks, so whats your problem, you are free to look elsewhere. You should find south Jackson more to your liking.