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Rezoning hearing involving proposed apartments postponed

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CANTON, MS (WLBT) - A hearing at Canton City Hall on a proposed rezoning plan that would include the construction of apartments was canceled at the last minute.

The postponement leaves residents and others wondering about the details of the development.

Canton Zoning Administrator Donald Lawrence told a crowd of more than 100 that the rezoning public hearing was canceled.

"In the future there will be a new hearing date that will be scheduled," said Lawrence.

First Choice Development of Ridgeland is asking the city to rezone an area east of I-55 from C-3 Commercial to residential for the plans that include 250 apartments.

Developer Johnny Bowers plans to create Market Plaza at the site located at Old Jackson and Sowell Roads.

"Do you have any idea what the legal issue is?" asked Federation of Madison County Homeowners Associations President Al Sage.

"That's something I can not discuss. It would have to be discussed through our legal department," answered Lawrence.

The developer was not at the meeting but many attending wanted to know details.

Madison County Schools Superintendent Mike Kent has expressed opposition to more apartments in the district.

The proposed area for rezoning is near Germantown Middle School.

"We were here to find out more information, gain more information and perhaps state some concerns that we had. But since this meeting has been canceled then I think we would reserve our comments until we get more information," said Kent.

First Choice is asking that 63 acres be rezoned on a road that is closed to traffic.

Some speculate that the hearing was canceled because the location of the notice sign is not visible from the roadway.

Sage is concerned that property is approved for tax increment financing.

"Something may happen and the anticipated revenue are there and then somehow the city and therefore the taxpayers are gonna end up being on the hook for something that doesn't work," said Sage.

Kemper Porter is one of the Madison County residents who attended the meeting to find out plans for the area located near his home.

"It's commercial land they want to rezone it as residential. There's signs all over there that says 'Watch for trucks.' It's not where I want my daughter to roll out her big wheel, and I don't think anyone else would want to do that, so yeah I'm opposed to that," said Porter.

Officials said no hearing will be held until another public notice is issued.

Developer Johnny Bower has not returned our calls for comment on plans for the property.

Lawrence said the rezoning hearing could be rescheduled as early as June 25th.

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