Traditional gets Environmental Permits

The Corps of Engineers told Tradition's developers that getting the environmental okay for such a huge project isn't easy. But, after some careful planning both the Corps and the developers say Tradition will be a model that is environmental friendly.

Two lanes of Tradition Parkway, connecting Highway 67 to Wortham Road, are finished. Eventually the four lane, state funded 12 million dollar road, will lead to Tradition, a 4,600 acre master planned community. A signing of the environmental permits between the Corps of Engineers and Traditions developers puts the project well on its way. Colonel Robert Keyser of the Corps of Engineers says, "This is a model for how we would like to see projects executed where we bring all of the stakeholders, all of the players together and insure everybody's interest are met right from the start."

Tradition's president says getting the environmental permit is more than working closely with all the state and federal agencies. Jim Stackpoole says it's just smart business too. "The environment's an important part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We've got 1,400 acres of wetlands, we're surrounded by a national forest. These are all assets to the community if they're treated properly and maintained well."

Stackpoole says Tradition will be a city within itself, bringing a unique lifestyle not only to the local market but to military retirees too. "We see it to be a wonderful community with a retirement mix, really a multi-generational community. We see young families enjoying new housing and schools and churches will be right within the community."

Now with the environmental permits in hand, Stackpoole says the first dirt should be turned in May with the construction of more roads and utilities.  By August, Stackpoole says model homes are expected to be built and construction on homes for sale could start by the end of this year.