- Associated Press - Sunday, January 8, 2017

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Biloxi planners have given initial approval to a development that could eventually have 14,000 residents.

The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/2iRTQUd) reports the Biloxi Planning Commission voted 8-1 with one abstention to approve the Belle la Vie development on 626 acres.

Proposed for years, Belle la Vie would be built north of Interstate 10 in the rural Woolmarket area, which Biloxi has annexed.

Wayne Hengen, a lawyer for the developers, calls it a “city within a city.” Biloxi has 44,000 residents today, according to Census Bureau estimates.

More than two dozen Woolmarket residents presented a petition opposing the rezoning, saying they fear traffic, drainage and flooding from the new development and are concerned about a new school that would have to be built.

The City Council must now approve the rezoning.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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