By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The 16 square miles annexed into Tupelo this fall took another step into city life on Tuesday.
The Tupelo City Council reviewed and adopted the zoning recommendations for the annexed area that became a part of the city in September. The city planning department worked to fit the zones to the existing use of the land.
“This is a provision that mainly affects future development,” said city planner Pat Falkner.
Most of the annexed areas were zoned residential or agricultural – which covers both farm land and undeveloped spaces.
“There were just a few spots that had the capacity for large-scale commercial development,” Falkner said.
The areas zoned commercial include part of the new Barnes Crossing Extended, North Gloster Street and the Veterans Boulevard and Auburn Road interchanges with U.S. Highway 78. There was a small area off South Green Street near U.S. Highway 45 that was zoned industrial.
The city planning department fielded a handful of requests for changes to the proposed zones and granted all but one, Falkner said. A property owner adjacent to Big Oaks Subdivision requested an agricultural zoning. The surrounding neighbors requested residential zoning to protect against future commercial development. Because commercial development is not appropriate for that particular area, the planning office zoned it as residential, Falkner said.