The Lafayette County Supervisors approved an overall land use map for the proposed Oxford Springs Development near Abbeville.
The recommendation by the board to approve the land use map comes with some conditions including that the developers understand that they must meet current regulations at the time of development and the approval of the map on Monday does not mean other things will be approved in the future.
“This approval is not an indication of approval (of everything),” Board of Supervisors attorney David O’Donnell said. “Just (approval for) the concept.”
The approval of the map took up much of the open session of the meeting on Monday. Board of Supervisor member Kevin Frye said his major concern was making sure the board did not get backed into a corner with future approvals for actions on the property.
“I don’t want to be in a place we don’t want to be (in the future),” Frye said. “Right now, the per acre limit is four units. I count 4,731 houses. I don’t know what the Sherriff (Buddy East) thinks about 4,731 houses north of town. I don’t know if he has enough man power.”
Frye supported the final approval with the stated conditions.
“The qualifier is we expect,” Frye said. “As it progresses they will conform to current regulations as we go.”
The city of Abbeville approved the plans last year and Frye said one aspect of this is the retail and residential space could be annexed to be its own community.
“One thing about this much growth,” Frye said. “When you are talking about this much retail and business type growth, the county doesn’t get sales tax. Were this to be annexed by city of Abbeville they could possibly generate some additional revenue and they can help pay for some of these services I am talking about.”
In other Board of Supervisor business on Monday:
The board approved a tax exemption for McGregor Industrial Steel Fabrication, Inc.
The board Also approved plans for a tower by Keel Communications as well as plans for properties owned by Albritton Highway 7 Storage, Toby Tubby Storage fire hydrant requirements, and lot expansion for Ole Miss Rentals.
The Board approved order on state aid special complex bridge inspections for 2018-2019.