Madison County Journal | Plan could dictate parkway growth: "Thursday, February 28, 2008
Plan could dictate parkway growth
By ANDREW UJIFUSA
Assistant Managing Editor
Thursday, February 28, 2008
RIDGELAND - A comprehensive plan for the Colony Park development along Highland Colony Parkway is in the preliminary stages after developer H.C. 'Buster' Bailey held meetings with city aldermen recently to discuss the matter.
The plan, which could become an 'overlay district' similar to the Olde Towne development on Jackson Street, could govern everything from building height to landscaping, green space and traffic control and could be ready by early summer, according to Mayor Gene McGee.
The goal would be to create strong but flexible guidelines for smart development in Colony Park, a $500 million, 450-acre development that stretches from Old Agency Road to Lake Castle Road along the Parkway.
But some residents living west of the Parkway, many of whom opposed the 13-story office building at 200 Renaissance developed by Bailey and approved last year, remain skeptical about Bailey's willingness to open up such a plan to public input and debate.
Bailey initially raised the idea of creating a comprehensive plan for Colony Park last October, after the 13-story building set to house the Butler Snow law firm and Horne CPA Group was"