Northeast Jackson residents are fighting the rezoning of a parcel that is on the corner of Sheffield Drive and Ridgewood Road. The Sheffield Area Homeowners Association sent this email to its members:
NOTICE OF REZONING ON SHEFFIELD DRIVE
TO: All SHEFFIELD NEIGHBORS AND SURROUNDING AREAS
SUBJECT: REZONING OF PROPERTY ON CORNER OF SHEFFFIELD AND RIDGEWOOD
An application to rezone the property on the corner of Sheffield Drive and Ridgewood Road has been submitted to the city by a private individual who does not live in the Sheffield area. The application requests to change the property from Special use to Commercial use (ClA). The person requesting the zoning change desires to put a business on the corner property as allowed pursuant to City Code 702.03.1. This rezoning change is not good for our neighborhood and will alter a single family use lot to a business use.
The SAHA Board (Sheffield Area Homeowners Association) has voted to oppose this attempted change as it will materially alter our neighborhood indefinitely and may impact our property values in a negative way. The rezoning will also open the door to others who may more easily rezone the houses on Ridgewood Road from single family residence to commercial use. This long term change is not in the best interest of our single family home zoning plan.
The person requesting the rezoning must prove:
1. A significant change in the land use character of the area, and
2. The existence of a community need for the petitioned zoning classification
The public hearing on this matter has been set for Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at 200 S. President Street in the Andrew Jackson Conference Center.
The SAHA Board will be attending this public hearing and speaking AGAINST the zoning change. We have also asked other neighborhood associations in our area to join us.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Tell your neighbors and friends to oppose the rezoning.
Attend the public hearing meeting and speak out against the rezoning.
Send a letter to the City of Jackson Planning Board and oppose the rezoning. All letters must be
received by the City before April 11, 2017. Mail letters to City Planning Board, P.O. Box 17, 200
South President Street, Room 204, Jackson, MS. 39201.
If you have any questions or would like to help contact James Ashley Ogden, President of SAHA
The zoning application (posted below) states that local attorney Brad Reeves is the applicant. Mr. Reeves also owns Brent's Drugs in Fondren. Mr. Reeves says in the statement of intent:
The subject property has previously been used as a daycare facility which appears to be adaptive reuse of existing residential dwellings. The subject property is adjacent to Ridgewood Road, which is an arterial road with significant traffic count, and in a transitioning zone across from Jackson Academy and Parham Bridges Park. Applicant seeks to renovate and update the existing buildings on the property for use as a professional office. The property's use as a professional office is low-intensity, and would likely have less traffic and impact than its current use as a daycare facility. Therefore, a change from Special Use to Restricted Commercial (C IA) complies with the intent of the C-lA District and would not cause any additional burden on the subject property or the properties in the vicinity.
The City's Future Land Use Plan shows the subject property as Community Mixed-Use Center. Therefore, rezoning of the subject property from Special Use to C-lA does not conflict with the City's Future Land Use Plan and in fact conforms with the City's future plans.
Applications scheduled for April 26 Zoning Hearing
Page 1: Harbor House application for Bounds Street
Page 17: Sheffield Street application
Page 21: Catholic Charities application for N. President Street.