FLORENCE, Miss. (WLBT) – Rankin County residents believe their rights will be taken away by proposed zoning changes.
More than 100 people filled the Monterey Fire Station for a public hearing Monday night on plans to rezone the area from A-1 agricultural to RE-1A residential mixed use.
People living in the area fear their taxes will increase.
They told county representatives they were concerned that they will no longer be able to have manufactured homes, large trucks, livestock or inoperable vehicles on their property.
County officials said taxes are based on use of property and residents have requested the changes because of unkempt property.
"I don't want to have to move out of the country because it's being restricted beyond my use of my property," said rezoning opponent Renee Churchill.
"There's more at stake than just being a mobile home. You're being restricted. You're basically being told what kind of vehicle you can park in your driveway," said rezoning opponent Leslie Thompson.
"As we did our comprehensive plan it was just time to re look at the areas. There's been population growth in this area that we're looking to change on there and these things are just a transition area," said Rankin County Zoning Director Roy Edwards.
The Rankin County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on the measure December 6th at 9:00 a.m.
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