HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County supervisors will delete a controversial zoning requirement that deals with attached garages.
Home builders have strongly opposed the county's ban on so-called "snout nosed garages." Also known as "front load garages," it's when the garage sticks out from the home, and the garage door is closer to the street than the front door.
The idea in prohibiting such designs is purely aesthetic. But home builders say enforcing the rule could mean higher home prices.
"Larger lots will have to be developed to accommodate these homes," homebuilder Greg Smith warned. "This will increase lot costs, therefore increasing the cost of housing. This will eliminate some families from owning their own homes."
"As long as it meets setbacks and it meets the covenants of the neighborhood being developed, I don't see any problem with it," Harrison County Supervisor Windy Swetman said of the front load garages. "People just decide if they want to live in that neighborhood or if they don't."
Home builders also told supervisors they're concerned about the length of time it takes to get a building permit in Harrison County. They'll be holding a workshop with county officials to discuss that issue.