Biloxi Council Tables Decision On Bay Village

BILOXI (WLOX) -- There was standing room only at the council meeting, and residents who live next to the proposed development gathered around Councilman Tom Wall. He was trying to work out a compromise that would make nearby residents and developers happy. Things got heated, but eventually simmered down.

The Council decided to send plans for the 27 acre development back to the planning commission.

"We were quite concerned about the project, so we're quite concerned that it's going to be reviewed again," said Leo Burton.

Leo Burton is President of Edgewater Estates' Homeowners' Association. He says, for the most part, people in the neighborhood don't oppose development of the property, they just want to make sure it fits the character of the area and does not hurt their property values.

"There has to be certainly an examination of the water and drainage situation. The city bought two lots four years ago because homes were being constantly flooded, and those homes had to be torn down. That flooding still continues," Burton said.

"I'd like to see larger houses and larger lots, and also the number of dwellings need to be reduced," said Jim Clauson, who also lives near the proposed development.

Not everyone was happy about the council's decision. The project's architect voiced his disappointment.

"I've always said Biloxi can be the greatest and the prettiest place anywhere of any of the states, but we refuse to move forward. We would rather stay in a cycle that we feel comfortable with," he said.

Once the planning commission reviews and recommends modifications for Bay Village, plans will be sent back to the Council for a vote. That could happen in four to six weeks.