Two more subdivisions recently have been approved for development in Petal, said Planning Commission President B.C. Lewis.
"We're all for it, as long as they're up to our regulations," he
said."Most of them are selling before they complete the homes.It's a good thing for Petal
- we anticipate things darn near doubling by the time the Evelyn Gandy Parkway is said and done.We're looking for it to boom."
Most of Petal's new residents are young couples with children, Lewis
"I don't know where all these people are coming from to tell you the truth, but it's our schools bringing them in," he
said."We have the best schools in the state."Petal's schools
have repeatedly received a Level 5 rating, the highest possible.
The quest for family-friendly neighborhoods, Lewis
said, is the reason Petal's Planning Commission
has upgraded its requirements for subdivision proposals, which now include not just amenities like green space but functional elements like sidewalks and curbs that are absent from most existing Petal neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, Forrest County District 3 supervisor and developer Lynn Cartlidge said home-buyers are snapping up lots in various phases of his
854-acre Longleaf Acres subdivision on Eastabuchie Road.
Development on the scale currently happening in Petal
, said the 82-year-old Lewis
, is unprecedented in his
"Not at this kind of rate," he
...B.C. Lewis, president of Petal's planning commission, oversees several new subdivisions going up in the Petal area, including Edgemere on Corinth Road.