Diamondhead residents petition to stop zoning request

Diamondhead residents petition to stop zoning request

DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - The Oaks of Diamondhead is a quiet neighborhood with about a hundred homes.

However, the people who live there worry that the peace will be shattered if a zoning change is allow and condos are approved on ten acres on Noma Drive, right across the street.

"It's the number of buildings that's going to be put up in this small area. We're talking about ten acres and they're going to have 16 buildings," said Reid Parker President of The Oaks Property Owners Association.

Developer John Ellis has proposed building 160 units in a gated community for senior citizens 55 and older.

Parker added, "Along with certain spillways that are going to be created for water run-off. The proposal also calls for two different putting greens."

Parker and others say that many units and people in the area will put a strain on the infrastructure.

"Where there are drainage problems already serious ones. Not only the drainage, but the road is just one way in one way out . There will be 160 units that doesn't mean 160 cars. That means 2.6 cars per household now a days, explained Oaks Resident Sharon Settle.

Developer John Ellis says his condo proposal includes a drainage plan that would not impact the surrounding neighbors, and that when he purchased the property in the early 1990's, his covenant deed allowed for commercial building on the land. Although, that was before Diamondhead became a city and the area was zoned for the first time.

Ellis is asking the city to follows the rules of when he bought the property.

The Condo plan was approved before by The Hancock County Planning and Zoning Commission in 2007. The issue will be discussed at an upcoming public hearing Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

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