Pike County supervisors voted Monday to impose new restrictions on trailer park developments effective immediately instead of the usual 30 days. And that led to a discussion on the possibility of passing zoning laws for the entire county.
Last week supervisors voted to add trailer parks to their subdivision ordinance, which requires supervisors’ approval before developers can proceed.
Supervisors tweaked that a bit Monday by changing the definition of “subdivision” to include manufactured homes.
Normally when an ordinance is amended, it takes effect 30 days after publication in a newspaper. But board attorney Wayne Dowdy said the board can make this one effective immediately “because of public health, welfare and safety.”
Last week’s action came after complaints about a proposed trailer park in the Homestead community. Supervisor Chuck Lambert said since that meeting, he’s heard of four or five more proposed trailer parks ranging in size from 15 to 100 lots.
“We have got to address this situation,” he said. “This is going to be a start, but it’s not going to be the finish.”
He said supervisors are going to have to consider countywide zoning laws, which could designate areas as residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial.
“We need it,” said Supervisor Tazwell Bowsky.
A simple solution, Lambert said, might be to declare the whole county residential-agricultural and require supervisors’ approval for anything different.
Supervisor Gary Honea said trailer parks aren’t the only concern. He’s heard from residents worried about plans for a chicken farm on Pumping Station Road.
Honea acknowledged the importance of the poultry industry in Pike County and said that while he doesn’t want to stifle growth, he understands residents’ alarm.
Lambert said occasional requests to put liquor stores or “joints” in communities also raise concerns.
“I want it (zoning) to be as broad as we can make it but give us some teeth to it,” he said.
Board attorney Wayne Dowdy noted supervisors would have to hold a public hearing before passing zoning laws.
In the meantime, the amended subdivision ordinance should take care of the immediate problem, said board president Luke Brewer.
“I think what he (Dowdy) has got here is going to solve a lot of our problems. It gives us somewhere to start,” Brewer said.
• Noted the availability of a recreational trail grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. The deadline to apply is Feb. 8.
• Approved a $7,000 insurance settlement on a sheriff’s patrol car damaged in an Oct. 22 wreck on Cole Thomas Road. Chief deputy Johnny Scott said the car was side-swiped when a deputy was pursuing someone who was evading a roadblock on McComb-Holmesville Road.
• Approved travel for drug court employees John M. Bass and Paulette Bass to two-day training at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond this month.
• Agreed to apply for the annual $115,036 juvenile drug court grant from the Department of Public Safety.