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Proposal to Expand Casino Zoning District in Biloxi

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February 20, 2008

BILOXI - The Sun Herald reports "Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick wants the city to create a new WF-10 casino zoning district, and he suggests the city encourage developers to build casinos north of U.S. 90."

"Fitzpatrick handed the sample draft and lists of problems and possible solutions to city council members at Tuesday's meeting, but didn't mention his plan to the public."

"The WF-10 classification would require casino developers to have a minimum of 10 acres for the site to be considered for a casino."

"This proposal follows the application of RW Development to build a casino north of U.S. 90 and east of Veterans Avenue. That proposal goes before the Biloxi Planning Commission March 6 and Fitzpatrick noted in his proposal, 'RW is the first of many property owners (from Rodenberg to Treasure Bay) that will want to have their properties rezoned to WF in order to have a casino on the north side of Hwy. 90.'"

Source: Sun Herald

Draft of proposed WF-10 ordinance

RESOLUTION INITIATING TEXT AMENDMENT TO LAND

DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO SECTION 23-7-2, CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI (1992) REGARING A NEW WATERFRONT DISTRICT DESIGNATION

WHEREAS, pursuant to changes in both statutory requirements and regulatory requirements, property owners are now required or encouraged to incorporate substantial land based structures into their gaming projects, and are authorized to extend those gaming activities landward a significant but defined distance; and, WHEREAS, the City Council is considering adding an additional zoning district to be designated WF-10, which would require a master plan project to incorporate a minimum of ten acres for gaming to be a conditional use at that site;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI, AS FOLLOWS:

Pursuant to Section 23-7-2, Code of Ordinances of the City of Biloxi, Mississippi (1992), the staff of the Planning Office is hereby charged with the task of following the procedure mandated by said section, which includes holding a public hearing before the Planning Commission and subsequently submitting a Planning Commission recommendation to the City
Council regarding the proposed addition of a WF-10 Zoning District, which would require a project to incorporate a minimum of ten acres to be eligible to apply for gaming as a conditional use at that site

COUNCILMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK

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