Zoning board delays action on shelter

Published 11:43 am Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Vicksburg Board of Zoning Appeals Tuesday tabled a request by Mountain of Faith Ministries for a special exception to operate a transitional housing facility for homeless people near the former ParkView Regional Medical Center, which is in a commercial, business and multifamily residential zone.

The board voted 4-0 to delay the hearing until Jan. 10. Mountain of Faith executive director Tina Hayward said the organization plans an “open-house forum” on transitional housing sometime this month at an undetermined location.

Mountain of Faith proposed a center to help up to 25 people find permanent housing through a two-year program of life skills and financial counseling, and wanted the board to change how the 16.2-acre hospital property is zoned.

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In another matter, the board denied a request from Emmitt Atwood to rezone property at 1702 Court St. from two-family residential to neighborhood commercial for a restaurant.

The vote was 3-1 with board member David Sessums opposing the change because it did not meet the legal requirements for rezoning. A rezoning change must pass unanimously by the four-member board.