BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A new restaurant, casino improvement plans and a proposed warehouse. All those projects were part of a busy agenda for the Biloxi development review committee on Wednesday morning. And that busy agenda is an indicator of more economic development.
"As long as it matches-up with the master plan that was adopted, we're going to sign off on it," DRC chairman Eric Nolan told the architect for Golden Nugget casino, "And you're good to go."
The DRC made quick work of Golden Nugget's improvement plans for The Isle. The new owner plans on upgrading hotel rooms and adding outdoor amenities.
"All they had to do was update their master plan. And they're building that pretty pool on the northside, so we're all for that," said Nolan.
Architect Chris Ferrari represented a restaurant development.
"You're looking at a sign here, a sign here, and here," he told committee members, pointing to markings on a site map.
Raising Cane's has plans to build a new restaurant at the old O'Charley's site in front of Edgewater Mall. Among the details before the DRC: Signage plans and parking requirements.
"How many spaces do you actually have committed to this project that are available to your restaurant?" asked the city's executive planner, Ed Shambra.
It's smooth sailing so far for the chicken-finger restaurant, which could begin construction in the next few months.
Southeastern Door and Windows is seeking initial approval to add a warehouse to its Woolmarket business. That process will include neighborhood input.
The DRC also gave a preliminary okay to Gulf Pride Seafood and its plans to add a compressor and evaporator to its packing plant on 6th Street.
Busy agendas indicate economic progress.
"We're seeing more commercial stuff come in. We're seeing more development in Woolmarket and in the Edgewater area and some more activity at the point. You know, little by little, we're seeing more developments coming in," said Chairman Nolan.
DRC is the one-stop-shop and first step for proposed development in Biloxi. The Development Review Committee saves developers time by providing that "one stop shop" rather than requiring them to visit a variety of city departments. Committee members include the city's executive planner, fire marshal, engineer and flood plain manager.