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A new housing ordinance goes into effect in Pearl in January

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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The city of Pearl has a new housing ordinance going into effect January 5 of next year, which requires new homes to have at least 1,500 square feet of heated and cooled space.

Mayor Brad Rogers says the city is trying to uphold property values and allow people in smaller homes to move up, and stay in Pearl.

Pearl has traditionally been a city of smaller, more affordable houses, which allowed people with lower incomes, to own a home. Pearl also has many areas where homes are way larger than the new standard of 1,500 square feet, such as country place.

"I believe your 1,400 to 1,500 square foot home today, is probably your 1,000 to 1,400 square foot home of years ago," said Mayor Rogers. "I don't think you can go out and find homes that are being built, in surrounding communities, like that, or here in Pearl."

Rogers also says the new ordinance will allow people who want to do so, to stay in Pearl but move up to a larger home.

"We are trying to give our folks that want to move up, new housing, get out of a 1,100 to 1,200 square foot home, where they can have a family, a two or three child family," said Rogers. "All we want to do is give them an opportunity to stay here in Pearl."

The new ordinance passed with a seven to zero vote. The ordinance will officially go into effect January 5, 2014.

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