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Some Biloxi Leaders Caution About Changing Rebuilding Rules

On Tuesday, the Biloxi City Council will consider an ordinance that would change the rules for rebuilding homes all across the city. It would allow residents who lost their homes in Katrina, to rebuild those structures in the same, or smaller footprint. Many of those older homes no longer meet today's setback requirements.  

Ward 2 Councilman Bill Stallworth said he introduced the ordinance to help speed rebuilding in the city's oldest neighborhoods.

But opponents say the regulations were created to solve problems, and that rebuilding to yesterday's standards will actually hurt Biloxi's historic neighborhoods.

Last week, Community Development Director Jerry Creel cautioned council members that if such an ordinance is passed, it would re-create public safety issues that existed before Katrina.

Creel said it would also and sidestep state statutes requiring that neighboring property owners be notified of any requests for variances.

Click here to read the full text of the proposed variance ordinance.

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