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Land UseOverview of Land Use Planning
Research, develop and implement public policy encompassing various disciplines which seek to order and regulate land use in an efficient and ethical way, thus preventing land-use conflicts and managing the future development of land within the City. In doing so, the Land Use Division does plans and studies for the needs of the community while safeguarding natural resources and historic heritages. To this end, it is the systematic assessment of land potential, proposals and alternatives for land use, and economic and social conditions in order to select and adopt the best land-use option via: developing and administering a long range urban planning program including comprehensive plans, master neighborhood plans, citywide design guidelines, comprehensive rezoning study, urban design and special planning projects; providing staff support to a variety of boards, commissions and task forces including Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board, Site Plan Review Committee, Neighborhood Initiative Program and City Council; providing and presenting information and recommendations on projects and documents of a specialized nature in a variety of board, commission, and neighborhood meetings; identifying opportunities for improvement and review with the Deputy Planning and Development Director; implementing improvements; supervising and conducting the City’s Historic Preservation Program.

Comprehensive Plan
During the summer of 1999, the Mayor of Jackson, Harvey Johnson, Jr., asked 70 citizens to serve as members of a Steering Committee and two Focus Groups to guide the development of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. This group of citizens developed FABRIC (For A Better Revitalized Inclusive Community) and “I am Jackson” as the theme for the project and a methodology for public participation. FABIC-binds our individuality into a commitment to the future of our community. It calls us to bring our individual differences and diversity together so that greater community achievements can be a part of our future. Just as individual threads are woven together to create a beautiful and stronger FABRIC, our individual lives are woven together in FABRIC that is Jackson. Woven and working together toward common goals, we become a stronger community. With different characteristics and backgrounds, each of us brings a unique quality to our community. When threads of different qualities are woven together, they create a unique pattern, blend of color, shape and durability. By weaving our qualities and strengths together to address issues and problems, the FABRIC of our community takes on richness and depth revealing its beauty in unique solutions, quality living environments and long lasting improvements.

Citywide Design Guidelines
In June, 2012, the Land Use Division of the Department of Planning and Development of the City initiated the creation of Citywide Design Guidelines to reinforce a common identity for the City, to clarify expectations about desired design quality, to present general priorities and core design principles, and to create an exciting live-work-play environment that meets the City’s Vision. The intent of the Guidelines is not to limit growth or development, but rather encourage development that reinforces the vision of Jackson as a better revitalized inclusive community. The Land Use Division has identified and researched inappropriate and appropriate developments and design articulation over the City and other cities and have made recommendations that will guide both public and private development as well as redevelopment efforts for future development through the Guidelines. The Citywide Design Guidelines contain specific guidelines for the City’s development that should be viewed as a public policy for the City and be utilized during the City’s development review process as an implementing tool of the Comprehensive Plan and be applicable to new projects or improvements to existing projects as defined in the Site Plan Review Process.

Highway 80 Corridor Study
The City of Jackson was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration for the

preparation of an Economic Development Strategy for the Highway 80 Corridor from the City's western limits to the Pearl River, including for sub-areas: Central Mississippi Medical Center, e-Center at JSU, Jackson State University, and MetroStation Shopping Center.  The Strategy reviews the existing inventory of businesses and infrastructure, makes recommendations on developing the Corridor, provides cost estimates for infrastructure improvements, and provides marketing materials for recruitment efforts.  The Strategy is an implementation guide to the revitalization of the Highway 80 Corridor for the City.

Historic PreservationHistoric Preservation
"Conserving historic assets and helping bring neighborhoods back."

The Historic Preservation Ordinance was adopted to help identify, preserve and protect properties of cultural, architectural, archeological or historical merit. Safeguarding the City's historic buildings and landmarks enhances tourism, helps stabilize communities, and provides incentives for reuse and revitalization of significant buildings and places of interest.

Jackson's Designated Historic Assets
The City has five locally designated historic districts: Belhaven Historic District, Belhaven Heights Historic District, Farish Street Historic District, Medgar Evers Neighborhood Historic District, and Morris Historic District. Thirteen individual sites are locally designated and several of these are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Preservation Awards
The month of May has been designated as Historic Preservation Month by The National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Planning and Development Department, Division of Historic Preservation would like to recognize projects or media within the City of Jackson whose work has contributed to fostering civic pride through the restoration/rehabilitation and preservation of the city's historic, aesthetic, and cultural heritage. The general requirements and award forms are listed below: 

General Requirements

Historic Preservation Award Entry Form 

2016 Historic Preservation Activities
To celebrate Historic Preservation Month, The Planning Department will also have a month long scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt will highlight historic resources around the city. Forms can be found here, and can be turned in until May 27, 2016. One winner will be selected for the grand prize; and don't forget to submit pictures of your favorite historic places to all month long, they will be displayed at the Warren Hood Building.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History will also host a Historic Preservation Boot Camp from May 5-6. Those interested can fill out the entry form below and return their submission to:

MDAH HPC Training, Michelle Jones
P O Box 571
Jackson, Mississippi 39205 - 0571

Entry Form 

2016 COA Filing Deadlines
JHPC Filing Deadlines

Historic Preservation Teleconference Notice
Teleconference Notice December

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Agendas
Historic Preservation Agenda

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
National Park Service