Planning Commission Stalls Broadwater Plans

Planning commission members say even though they approve of the presented Planned Unit Development Conceptual Plan for the proposed Broadwater project, they need more clarification on various elements.

Some of those include height and parking space numbers. And because of this, the Broadwater team will have to go before the development review committee.

This decision came after a nearly two hour presentation on what the team plans for more than 260 acres of land in the future. That includes retail, condos, golf, spas as well as some gaming.

"We hope to be a destination. Our goal is to move from 1.8 days per stay to closer to 3.6, working closely with the convention center, causing a different type of experience," said project manager Mark Calvert.

Calvert and other Broadwater team members were looking for a quick approval because the Katrina tax relief act will provide significant tax incentives for developers if put in place by the end of 2008.

This project is perhaps the biggest one the Mississippi Gulf Coast has seen in quite some time, and so it's no surprise that more consideration will be taken as South Mississippi strives to move forward.

After a further review by the Development Review Committee, the Broadwater conceptual plan will go back to the planning commission for a complete approval.