Supervisors start over on subdivision regulations

Staff Writer

After finding substantial issues with draft subdivision regulations prepared by a planning firm, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors voted to allow the county engineer to draft development guidelines for consideration.
The county paid Oxford-based planning firm Slaughter & Associates $3,921.23 to draft subdivision regulations that were aimed at curbing some of the infrastructure issues caused by high-density development in the Blackjack Road area and preventing a similar situation from happening again. After reviewing the draft regulations, which included references to boards and commissions that did not exist, supervisors said the proposed regulations were too broad and would hamper development.
“It doesn’t address what I think we’re after here, and that’s large-scale development,” District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery said.
The board voted 4-1 to order Slaughter & Associates to stop work on the regulations until further notice. Supervisors then authorized County Engineer Clyde Pritchard to work with Board Attorney Jack Brown to develop guidelines that would better suit the county’s needs.
Pritchard said he could have a draft document ready for review by the beginning of March. He also said he felt “development guidelines” would be a better name for the proposed regulations.
District 5 Supervisor Joe Williams told Pritchard to include guidelines that could be enforced and reviewed by engineering professionals soon because more development continues to come to Oktibbeha County.
“I want to make sure we get it right this time,” Williams said.